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Buxton in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

U.S.S. Monitor


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U.S.S. Monitor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 23, 2009
1. U.S.S. Monitor Marker
Inscription.  Fought C.S.S. "Virginia" ("Merrimac")   in   first battle of ironclad ships. Lost Dec. 31, 1862, in gale 17 miles southeast. First marine sanctuary.
Erected 1976 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number B-50.)
Location. 35° 15.953′ N, 75° 31.236′ W. Marker is in Buxton, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker is on State Highway 12, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buxton NC 27920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Diamond Shoals (here, next to this marker); Radio Milestone (approx. ¼ mile away); Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Billy Mitchell (approx. ¼ mile away); Life at the Light (approx. 1.1 miles away); Paukenschlag (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mitchell Demonstrates Air Power (approx. 6.2 miles away); America's 1st Attempt at Civil War Reunification (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buxton.
Also see . . .  The US Naval Historical Center's Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Diamond Shoals and U.S.S. Monitor Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 23, 2009
2. Diamond Shoals and U.S.S. Monitor Markers
. This DANFS entry for the USS Monitor gives a complete history of the USS monitor, from its construction, battles, and sinking, to its discovery and the establishment of the National Marine Sanctuary. (Submitted on September 16, 2008.) 
Additional comments.
1. On the USS Monitor and the Establishment of the National Marine Sanctuary
The US Department of the Navy's Naval Historical Center (see link above) had this to say about the wreck of the USS Monitor:

"The wreckage of the ironclad was discovered in 1973 by a team of scientists from Duke University, the State of North Carolina, and the Massachusetts Institute Technology. As part of a series of marine sanctuary laws passed by the U.S. Congress, the site of the wreck was designated a National Marine Sanctuary on 30 January 1975 and placed under the protection of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Owing to deterioration of the wreck from storm and other damage, some artifacts—such as the propeller shaft and hull plates—were later recovered for historic preservation. Starting in March 2001, a five month long expedition involving NOAA, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU TWO) and The Mariners’ Museum, raised the ironclads innovative steam engine and other parts recovered at the site. The following year, in July and August 2002, the gun turret was raised from the site. These artifacts were transferred to the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va., for historic preservation."
    — Submitted September 16, 2008.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,506 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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