The ship's cook was paid one dollar to prepare a meal for the crew befitting the day; it was received with mixed opinion. Others would throw combustibles down the ventilation openings and smoke holes. The ship participated in the Battle of Drewry's Bluff later that month, and remained in the area giving support to General McClellan's forces on land until she was ordered to join the Union Navy blockaders off North Carolina in December. [35] Fine control of the turret proved to be difficult; the steam engines would have to be placed in reverse if the turret overshot its mark, or another full rotation would have to be made. [37] The gap between the turret and the deck proved to be a problem as debris and shell fragments entered the gap and jammed the turrets of several Passaic-class monitors, which used the same turret design, during the First Battle of Charleston Harbor in April 1863. [62] While Ericsson stood on its deck in defiance of all his critics who thought she would never float,[63] Monitor was launched on 30 January 1862 to the cheers of the watching crowd, even those who had bet that the ship would sink straight to the bottom,[64] and commissioned on 25 February. the Titanic II. A technological marvel in its day, the vessel was designed and built by John Ericsson, a Swedish inventor. [154] Monitor was finally taken out of dry dock on 26 October. [210], The 150th anniversary of the ship's loss prompted several events in commemoration. The riskiest element of its design was its rotating gun turret, something that had not previously been tested by any navy. The turret was built and assembled at the Novelty Iron Works in Manhattan, disassembled and shipped to Bushwick Inlet where it was reassembled. Jeff Johnston of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS) also wanted a definitive image of the vessel's pilothouse. Three of the plates extended the full 60-inch (1,524 mm) height of the side, but the two innermost plates did not extend all the way down. The Confederates were forced to scuttle and destroy Virginia as they withdrew in early May 1862 from Norfolk and its naval shipyard, while Monitor sailed up the James River to support the Union Army during the Peninsula Campaign under General-in-Chief George B. McClellan. The waves now began "...burying her completely for an instant, while for a few seconds nothing could be seen of her from the Rhode Island but the upper part of her turret surrounded by foam. Finally, the lines were freed and the Rhode Island began to drift away. Bankhead had the Monitor's engines stopped as well. The pressure, which normally ran at 80 pounds, had dropped to 20 pounds—dangerously low. The ship's pumps were steam operated and water would accumulate in the ship if the pumps could not get enough steam to work. Shortly after Monitor withdrew, Virginia had run aground at which time Jones came down from the spar deck only to find the gun crews not returning fire. The remainder of the ship was designed by Swedish-born engineer and inventor John Ericsson, and built in only 101 days in Brooklyn, New York on the East River beginning in late 1861. The battle itself was largely considered a draw, though it could be argued Virginia did slightly more damage. Dana Greene remarked, "I do not consider this steamer a sea going vessel". The battle between the two ironclads marked a turning point in the way naval warfare would be fought in the immediate future and beyond. When Worden, with part of his face blackened from the wounds he received at Hampton Roads, came aboard, the heavy guns in the navy yard were fired in salute. Sinking of the USS Monitor. [82] Other crew members were interviewed later in life, like Louis N. Stodder, one of the last crew members to abandon Monitor minutes before she sank in a storm at sea,[83] who was the last surviving crew member of Monitor and lived well into the 20th century. [121] At the time the pilothouse was struck Worden's injury was only known to those in the pilothouse and immediately nearby. In 2000 the divers shored up the port side of the hull with bags of grout, installed the engine recovery system, an external framework to which the engine would be attached, in preparation for the next season, and made over five times as many dives as they had the previous season. Tamara is an active cave, rebreather, and technical diving instructor with Diversions Scuba in Madison, Wisconsin and has worked as a photographer, researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monitor with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Seated on deck in front, left to right: [167][168] After all of the steam pumps had failed, Bankhead ordered some of the crew to man the hand pumps and organized a bucket brigade, but to no avail. [159], The crew celebrated Christmas aboard Monitor while berthed at Hampton Roads in what was described as a most merry fashion, while many other celebrations were occurring along the shore. Without any assistance, the task force got within 8 mi (13 km) of the Confederate capital but could not proceed further because of sunken vessels and debris placed in the river that blocked further passage. Page 1 of 14 - About 133 essays. Saturation diving was evaluated by the Navy that dive season on Monitor and proved to be very successful, allowing divers to maximize their time on the bottom. A large blower that operated with its own engine was installed which drew fresh air down through the pilothouse. [26] Virginia soon managed to break away and headed back towards Norfolk for needed repairs, believing that Monitor had withdrawn from battle. The entire crew were given goat-skin mats to sleep on. [87] Rising seas that night washed the oakum away and water poured underneath the turret, as well as through the hawsepipe, various hatches, ventilation pipes, and the two funnels, so that the belts for the ventilation and boiler fans loosened and fell off and the fires in the boilers were nearly extinguished over the course of the next day; this created a toxic atmosphere in the engine room that knocked out most of the engine-room crew. [51] Welles insisted that if Monitor did not prove to be a "complete success", the builders would have to refund every cent to the government. Lieutenant Samuel Dana Greene; (Courtesy Monitor Collection, NOAA), Louis N. Stodder. Acting Assistant Paymaster William F. Keeler; The board required a guarantee from Bushnell that his ship would float despite the weight of its armor[16] and Cornelius H. DeLamater of New York City recommended that Bushnell consult with his friend Ericsson. Virginia fired a few shots ineffectively at very long range, while Monitor returned fire while remaining near Fort Monroe, ready to fight if Virginia came to attack the Federal force congregated there. He recalled, "We had now got in my boat all of the Monitor's crew that could be persuaded to come down from the turret for they had seen some of their shipmates who had left the turret for the deck washed overboard and sink in their sight." [190], Much like the previous year, the 2002 dive season was dedicated to lifting the 120-long-ton (120 t) turret to the surface. Oddly, these did not depend on their own ironclads. Two days later, Selfridge was in turn relieved by Lieutenant William Nicholson Jeffers on 15 May 1862. [174], The Navy tested an "underwater locator" in August 1949 by searching an area south of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for the wreck of Monitor. Her keel was laid the same day. Master's Mate George Fredrickson returned a watch he had borrowed from another officer, saying, "Here, this is yours; I may be lost." [106][107] As Virginia approached, she began firing at Minnesota from more than a mile away, a few of her shells hitting the vessel. Commander Stephen Decatur Trenchard called for the Rhode Island's engines to be stopped and her boats "away to the rescue!" Valeriano Weyler, the Spanish General in Cuba, started a campaign called Subjugation or Death. Many of the men who did leave the foundering ship threw shoes, clothing and possessions back into the turret so they would be able to swim if they needed to. But we lack almost the preliminary information indispensable to commence with. Its rounded shape helped to deflect cannon shot. Monitor was now in danger of foundering, so Worden signaled Seth Low for help and had Monitor towed to calmer waters closer to shore so she was able to restart her engines later that evening. Ericsson had personally paid for the costs of all the officer's furnishings. [118], Towards the end of the engagement, Worden directed Williams to steer Monitor around the stern of Confederate ironclad, where Lieutenant Wood fired Virginia's 7-inch Brooke gun at Monitor's pilothouse, striking the forward side directly beneath the sight hold, cracking the structural "iron log" along the base of the narrow opening just as Worden was peering out. Launching of USS Monitor from Greenpoint, N.Y. Click here for a larger image. Since the Navy had formally abandoned the wreck in 1953, it could be exploited by divers and private salvage companies as it lay outside North Carolina's territorial limits. [37] The spindle was 9 inches (23 cm) in diameter which gave it ten times the strength needed in preventing the turret from sliding sideways. The engine was raised on 16 July and the condenser three days later by the crane barge Wotan. At 5:00 p.m., the officers sat down to dinner in the wardroom, joking about being free from their "monotonous inactive life.". [202] As of 2013, conservation of the engine, its components, the turret and the guns continues. [27], After the duel between the two ironclads at Hampton Roads there was concern by some Navy officials who witnessed the battle that Monitor's design might allow for easy boarding by the Confederates. [154][155], While Monitor was undergoing repairs her crew was put aboard USS King Philip and were eventually granted a furlough by Bankhead who himself went on leave. [76] In Worden's report of 27 January 1862 to Welles, he stated he believed 17 men and 2 officers would be the maximum number in the turret that allowed the crew to work without getting in each other's way. The USS Weehawken was an ironclad monitor in the U.S. Navy. At midnight, Ensign William Rodgers launched the third boat from the Rhode Island. [85] Worden, not trusting the seal between the turret and the hull, and ignoring Ericsson's advice,[86] wedged the former in the up position and stuffed oakum and sail cloth in the gap. Acting Master Louis N. Stodder; She was attached to the Asiatic Squadron from 1867–1870. But the wind kept picking up. Since there was no pressing need for such a ship at the time, there was little demand to continue work on the unfinished vessel. Right when the Worthington pump could no longer keep pace with the flooding, a call came from the engine room that water was gaining there. Ericsson originally intended to use either six 1-inch plates or a single outer 4-inch (100 mm) plate backed by three 3⁄4-inch (19 mm) plates, but the thicker plate required too much time to roll. By the end of August, Monitor was ordered back to Hampton Roads and dropped anchor nearby the sunken Cumberland at Newport News Point on 30 August, much to the approval of the crew. Maine. [161], Monitor was soon in trouble as the storm increased in ferocity. Monitor was also unable to do significant damage to Virginia, possibly because her guns were firing with reduced charges, on advice from Commander John Dahlgren, the gun's designer, who lacked the "preliminary information" needed to determine what amount of charge was needed to "pierce, dislocate or dislodge iron plates" of various thicknesses and configurations. Worden was ordered upon reaching Hampton Roads to anchor alongside USS Roanoke and report to Captain John Marston where Worden was briefed of the situation and received further orders to protect the grounded Minnesota. [134] In a further attempt to entice Monitor closer to the Confederate side, so she could be boarded, the James River Squadron moved in and captured three merchant ships, the brigs Marcus and Sabout, and the schooner Catherine T. There Monitor drifted idly for about twenty minutes. Paymaster William Keeler later gave a moment-by-moment account of his escape from the Monitor: "...I divested myself of the greater portion of my clothing to afford me greater facilities for swimming... & attempted to descend the ladder leading down the outside of the turret, but found it full of men hesitating but desiring to make the perilous passage of the deck." This was usually concreted coal as one of the ship's coal bunkers had ruptured and dumped most of its contents into the turret. The Navy did not find it necessary to commission a board of inquiry to investigate the affair and took no action against Bankhead or any of his officers. It was dedicated on 6 November 1938. [206] The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary conducts occasional dives on the wreck to monitor and record any changes in its condition and its environment. [121][125], Strategically, the battle between these two ships was considered the most definitive naval battle of the Civil War. As a result of the duel between the two ironclads, Monitor had been struck twenty-two times, including nine hits to the turret and two hits to the pilothouse. [136], The Confederate Navy originally had devised a plan where the James River Squadron would swarm Monitor with a party of men with the intention of capturing the vessel by boarding and disabling her by using heavy hammers to drive iron wedges under and disabling the turret and by covering the pilothouse with a wet sail effectively blinding the pilot. The water in the vessel was gaining rapidly over the small pumps, and I Samuel [a] Monitor played a central role in the Battle of Hampton Roads on 9 March 1862, where, under the command of Lieutenant John L. Worden, she fought the casemate ironclad CSS Virginia (built on the hull of the scuttled steam frigate USS Merrimack) to a standstill. The latter refers to the Monitor's encounter with CSS Virginia in prominent detail. During this time, Mrs. Worden personally brought news of her husband's progress and recovery and was optimistic, informing the crew his eyesight would soon return but he would be laid up for some time. [88] One fireman was able to punch a hole in the fan box, drain the water, and restart the fan. Ericsson claimed to have sent the French Emperor Napoléon III a proposal for a monitor-type design, with a gun turret, in September 1854, but no record of any such submission could be found in the archives of the French Ministry of the Navy (Ministre de la Marine) when they were searched by naval historian James Phinney Baxter III. A four-hour battle ensued, each ship pounding the other with close-range cannon fire, although neither ship could destroy or seriously damage the other. With Worden severely wounded, command passed to the executive officer, Samuel Greene. With one of the gun port covers jammed shut, she hauled off to shallow waters to resupply the turret and repair the damaged hatch, which could not be fixed. The deafening sound of the impact stunned some of the crew, causing nose and ear bleeding. This extended well past the sides of the lower, more traditionally shaped hull. [207], The Greenpoint Monitor Monument in McGolrick Park, Brooklyn, depicts a sailor from Monitor pulling on a capstan.      I am too unwell to dictate more than a short sad answer to your note. Upon mustering the crew upon the Rhode Island, John Bankhead found the following men missing: Standing, top row, left to right: Mountainous waves crashed over the Monitor's deck as the storm intensified. [117] By 11:00 am Monitor's supply of shot in the turret had been used up. Sinking of the Monitor. [145], Greene and Stodder were among the last men to abandon ship and remained with Bankhead who was the last surviving man to abandon the sinking Monitor. Jones demanded to know why and was briefed by Lieutenant Eggleston that powder was low and precious and given Monitor's resistance to shot after two hours of battle, maintained that continued firing at that point would only be a waste of ammunition. Your brother went down with other brave souls, & only a good Providence prevented my accompanying him. Page 5 of 14 - About 133 essays. Maine. The second USS Oneida was a screw sloop-of-war in the United States Navy.During the Civil War, she destroyed the CSS Governor Moore and served in blockade operations. The SS United States and Queen Mary were retired ships from the late 50's-60's with the United States threaten with scraping in 2011. Worden called each of them by name and spoke friendly to and complimented each of them personally. She rounded Cape Charles around 3:00 pm on 8 March and entered Chesapeake Bay, reaching Hampton Roads at 9:00 pm, well after the first day's fighting in the Battle of Hampton Roads had concluded. The berth deck below was also enlarged and raised by removing some of the side storerooms and placing them below, thus reducing the height of the interior which now barely allowed the crew to stand upright. [17] The two first met on 9 September and again on the following day, after Ericsson had time to evaluate Galena's design. [89], On 8 March 1862, Virginia, commanded by Commander Franklin Buchanan,[90] was ready to engage the Union flotilla blockading the James River. When the turret was resupplied with ammunition, Worden returned to battle with only one gun able to fire. For this, commanding officer John P. Bankhead gave him a commendation. Sinking of the USS Monitor "PHOTO PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION" EVENT WAS HELD: SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013 Cemetery Trolley: Honored USS Monitor Crewmen and workers at their gravesites. The ships were conceived as harbor defense ships with little need to leave port. [77], Monitor also required petty officers: among them was Daniel Toffey, Worden's nephew. [g] Virginia was powered by Merrimack's original engines, which had been condemned by the US Navy before her capture. [27], Monitor's turret measured 20 ft (6.1 m) in diameter and 9 ft (2.7 m) high, constructed with 8 inches (20 cm) of armor (11 inches in front at the gun ports) rendering the overall vessel somewhat top heavy. [147][158], On 24 December 1862, orders were issued directing Monitor to Beaufort, North Carolina to join USS Passaic and USS Montauk for a joint Army-Navy expedition against Wilmington, North Carolina, where she would join the blockade off Charleston. Concealed in her dress was a message from a Union sympathizer who worked in the Navy Yard warning that the former Merrimack, renamed Virginia by the Confederates, was nearing completion. Badger wrote to Lieutenant H. A. [8] The French followed those ships with the first ocean-going ironclad, the armored frigate Gloire in 1859, and the British responded with HMS Warrior. Keeler's saga continued: "I found a rope hanging from one of the awning stanchions over my head & slid down it to the deck. [29] The engine had a bore of 36 inches (914 mm) and a stroke of 22 inches (559 mm). [29] Ventilation for the vessel was supplied by two centrifugal blowers near the stern, each of which was powered by 6-horsepower (4.5 kW) steam engine. The boats from the Rhode Island were still coming to rescue the Monitor's half-drowned crew, but it was clear that not everyone would make it in one trip. The design of the ship was distinguished by its revolving turret, which was designed by American inventor Theodore Timby; it was quickly duplicated and established the monitor class and type of armored warship built for the American Navy over the next several decades. Singer/guitarist Patrick Stickles commented while making the album that he was inspired by Ken Burns's The Civil War and the ship itself so much that he decided to name Titus Andronicus's second album in its honor. Entire army regiments were also directed to come by the navy yard and review the ship and honor the crew. Unlike previous warships it was made primarily of steels and it … [179], These photos revealed that the wreck was disintegrating and the discovery raised another issue. It found a 140-foot (42.7 m) long object bulky enough to be a shipwreck, in 310 feet (94.5 m) of water that was thought to be Monitor, but powerful currents negated attempts by divers to investigate. Many more were built, including river monitors, and they played key roles in Civil War battles on the Mississippi and James Rivers. Stodder vigorously defended the crew and rebuked Ericsson's characterization of the crew and events and wrote to Pierce that Ericsson "covers up defects by blaming those that are now dead", pointing out that there were a number of unavoidable events and circumstances that led to the ship's sinking, foremost being the overhang between the upper and lower hulls which came loose and partially separated during the storm from slamming into the violent waves. At 10 p.m. Bankhead gave the order for the red distress lantern to be hoisted. [148] On 30 September the ironclad was sent to the Washington Navy Yard for repairs[149][150] arriving there on 3 October. That day Buchanan was severely wounded in the leg and was relieved of command by Catesby ap Roger Jones. Nine months before sinking into its watery grave, the Monitor had been part of a revolution in naval warfare. During the sinking of the Monitor, Stodder cut the hawser line connecting the Monitor to the USS , a task which had already claimed two lives. First Assistant Engineer Isaac Newton. [56] After Monitor received only a few hits, without incurring any damage, the Confederates, many of whom were former crew members of Virginia well aware of her ability to withstand cannon shot even at close range,[141] concentrated their guns on the other ships, especially Galena, which sustained considerable damage and moderate casualties. [75] In Monitor's turret, Greene and Stodder supervised loading and firing of the two 11-inch Dahlgrens. [215], Monitor gave her name to a new type of mastless, low-freeboard warship that mounted its armament in turrets. Greene did not pursue Virginia[123] and, like Worden, was under orders to stay with and protect Minnesota,[124] an action for which he was later criticized. The Monitor's commander, J.P. Bankhead, signaled the USS Rhode Island, towing his ship, that he wished to abandon ship. It was well furnished with an oriental rug, a large oak table and other such items. At one point Jones made such an attempt to board the vessel but she managed to slip away around the stern of Virginia in time. The sides of the "raft" consisted of three to five layers of 1-inch (25 mm) iron plates, backed by about 30 inches (762 mm) of pine and oak. [156] For approximately six weeks the vessel remained in dry dock while her bottom was scraped clean, the engines and boilers were overhauled, the entire vessel was cleaned and painted, and a number of improvements made, including an iron shield around the top of the turret. [212], New Jersey-based indie rock band Titus Andronicus named their critically acclaimed[213][214] second album, 2010's The Monitor, for the ship. [191], With Tropical Storm Cristobal bearing down on the recovery team, and time and money running out,[192] the team made the decision to raise the turret on 5 August 2002, after 41 days of work, and the gun turret broke the surface at 5:30 pm to the cheers of everyone aboard Wotan and other recovery ships nearby. Launched on November 5, 1862, and commissioned on January 18, 1863, she was a larger and improved version of the USS Monitor.She had been deployed in the blockade off Charleston (S.C.) harbor since February of 1863. At one point, Virginia attempted to ram, but only struck Monitor a glancing blow and did no damage. It also proved to be successful once the dive tables were adjusted. Dec 05, 2014 at 12:00 AM . [33][34] A pair of steam-powered donkey engines rotated the turret through a set of gears; a full rotation was made in 22.5 seconds during testing on 9 February 1862. With a similar fate looming, the Queen Mary was bough… Bushnell got Ericsson's permission to show the model to Welles, who told Bushnell to show it to the board. [119] Worden was heard to have cried out, My eyes—I am blind! [40] To gain access to the turret from below, or to hoist up powder and shot during battle, the turret had to rotate facing directly to starboard, which would line up the entry hatch in the floor of the turret with an opening in the deck below. [194], Only 16 of the crew were not rescued by Rhode Island before Monitor sank and the forensic anthropologists at JPAC were able to rule out the three missing black crewmen based on the shape of the femurs and skulls. Many were now concerned Virginia would put to sea and begin bombarding cities such as New York while others feared she would ascend the Potomac River and attack Washington. Monitor sinks in a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 15 Favourites. [142] Not a single Union ship reached Richmond until near the end of the war, when the city was finally evacuated by the Confederates. During this second meeting, Ericsson showed Bushnell a model of his own design, the future Monitor, derived from his 1854 design. He was taken directly to Fort Monroe for preliminary treatment, then to a hospital in Washington shortly thereafter.[128]. He took "one lingering look and ... left the Monitor's cabin forever." [18] Upon review of Ericsson's unusual design, the board was skeptical, concerned that such a vessel would not float, especially in rough seas, and rejected the proposal of a completely iron laden ship. Crew of USS Monitor, 9 July 1862; Carter is the front, seated, right sailor. [30] The engine used steam generated by two horizontal fire-tube boilers[31] at a maximum pressure of 40 psi (276 kPa; 3 kgf/cm2). Sinking of the USS Monitor. [145], In September Captain John P. Bankhead received orders to take command of Monitor, relieving Stevens, and was sent to Hampton Roads to take charge of the vessel. Sinking of the Monitor . They removed as much of the debris from inside the turret as possible to reduce the weight to be lifted. [84], On 6 March 1862, the ship departed New York bound for Fort Monroe, Virginia, towed by the ocean-going tug Seth Low and accompanied by the gunboats Currituck and Sachem. Monitor's wreck was discovered in 1973 and has been partially salvaged. This is the dramatic first-person story of the loss of the historic Union ironclad ship Monitor in a gale off Cape Hatteras following the American Civil War. The turret was placed on a barge and taken to The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, the principal repository for Monitorartifacts. John Bankhead returned to his cabin for his coat, and other small personal possessions. [101], The next morning at about 6:00 am Virginia, accompanied by Jamestown, Patrick Henry and Teaser, got underway from Sewell's Point to finish off Minnesota and the rest of the blockaders, but were delayed sailing out into Hampton Roads because of heavy fog until about 8:00 am. USS Monitor. The USS Rhode Island , which had been towing the ironclad, rescued all but 16 of the crew. ", At 10 p.m. the engineers told Bankhead that the water was more than a foot deep in the engine room—so deep that the blowers were spitting water. Weeks recalled, "Some sang as they worked, and... the voices, mingling with the roar of the waters, sounded like a defiance to Ocean.". He was transferred to the crew of the USS Rhode Island as acting volunteer lieutenant. "[83], After a frantic rescue effort, Monitor finally foundered and sank approximately 16 miles (26 km) southeast off Cape Hatteras with the loss of sixteen men,[169] including four officers, some of whom remained in the turret and went down with the ironclad. [176] Four years later, Robert F. Marx claimed to have discovered the wreck based on the idea she had drifted into shallow water north of the lighthouse before sinking. [27] The ship was 179 feet (54.6 m) long overall, had a beam of 41 feet 6 inches (12.6 m) and had a maximum draft of 10 feet 6 inches (3.2 m). [132], On 11 April, Virginia, accompanied by a number of gunboats, steamed into Hampton Roads to Sewell's Point at the southeast edge, almost over to Newport News, in a challenge to Monitor in an attempt to lure the Union ironclad into battle. [201], Conservation of the propeller was completed nearly three years after its recovery and it is on display in the Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum. [19][70] Because Monitor was an experimental craft, urgently needed, hurriedly constructed and almost immediately put to sea, a number of problems were discovered during her maiden voyage to Hampton Roads and during the battle there. Assistant Secretary Fox, who observed the entire battle from aboard Minnesota, came aboard Monitor and jokingly told her officers, "Well gentlemen, you don't look as though you just went through one of the greatest naval conflicts on record". The remains of a US sailor who drowned during the sinking of the US Ironclad USS Monitor in 1862. 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