USS Monitor Expedition 2002 -
Raising the turret
Captain Barbara Scholley
Naval Weapons Station Earle
Wednesday, August 6, 2003
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
The Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor, sank
off the coast of Cape Hatteras in 1862 and came to rest 70 meters beneath
the surface in the Atlantic Ocean. On
August 5, 2002, a highly skilled team gently lifted the 150-ton revolving
gun turret off the Monitor to the deck of the derrick barge, Wotan,
exposing the turret to air for the first time in 140 years.
What was unique about
this operation was the successful team of 150 men and women from the
military, government, commercial, and private sectors.
U.S. Navy Captain Bobbie Scholley was the Officer in Tactical
Command of this salvage operation. Come hear her tell the story of this
incredible 45-day mission in the “graveyard of the Atlantic.”
For more information visit: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/02monitor/monitor.html
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