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Researchers live streaming exploration of historic shipwreck off NC coast

Joe Poe, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary advisory council
The bow of the iconic Civil War ironclad Monitor resting on the seafloor off North Carolina.

Researchers are preparing to explore a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast and the public is invited to join them virtually. Beginning May 15th, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists and partnering agencies will embark on a two-week mission to study the USS Monitor, the U.S. Navy’s first ironclad warship. The vessel sunk in 1862 during a storm off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Researchers will also collect information on natural reefs and the maritime cultural landscape using remotely piloted submersibles. According to a release from NOAA, this is the first in-depth survey of the USS Monitor since the recovery of the vessel’s gun turret in 2002. The mission will run through May 25th and be live-streamed online.