Iconic Civil War Ship’s Salvaged Engine Gets TLC

The order to abandon ship came just after midnight. The USS Monitor, a Union ironclad, was taking on too much water, caught in a violent storm. At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 1862, the Monitor was overcome, engulfed by the crashing waves.

Almost 150 years later, conservators are getting the first up-close look at the sunken Monitor’s 30-ton steam engine, an engineering wonder of its day, and the mighty heart of a ship that played a notable role in America’s Civil War.

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