Iron from the Deep: The Discovery and Recovery of the USS Monitor

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Naval Institute Press, 2004 - History - 261 pages
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Robert Sheridan has been of the Monitor story since the 1970s, when his research vessel first made sonar contact with the long-lost wreck of the famous Civil War ironclad, and he collected the first identifiable artifact. In this book he combines his firsthand perspective of the Monitor's discovery and efforts to save her artifacts with an authoritative history of the ship that revolutionized naval ship design. Opening chapters discuss the ship's construction, her successful battle with the Merrimac in 1862 that spelled the end of wooden warships, and the Monitor's sinking later that year off Cape Hatteras. Comments from the secretary of the Navy who spurred the building of the Monitor, the captain who ordered her into action and the young lieutenant who survived the sinking, add color to these historically significant events. In addition to his personal account of the discovery of the Monitor, Sheridari addresses the issue of controls over the wreck and recovery proposals. He describes his nearly twenty years of lobbying to convince Congress that the Monitor's deterioration called for action The book's final chapters chronicle the raising of artifacts from this national treasure. Although several books have been written about the dramatic history of the Yankee ironclad, and several others have been published about attempts to recover her, this is the first to cover both subjects in detail.
  

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

This is a rather odd book for the Naval Institute Press to have published. It's not so much about naval history, or about marine archaeology, as it's a polemic on matters oceanographic. Dr. Sheridan ... Read full review

Contents

Ericssons Struggles
1
Demise of Wooden Warships
14
Disaster off Cape Hatteras
23
The Search
40
The Wreck Is Discovered
54
Identification Questioned
69
Proof of Identity
81
Meetings Meetings Meetings
93
Site Testing
145
Is Recovery Feasible?
162
The Monitor in Crisis
181
Saving the Artifacts
204
The Engine Is Recovered
227
Recent Achievements and the Monitors Future
239
References
245
Index
253

The Wrecks Environment
112

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About the author (2004)

Sheridan is a marine geophysicist and a marine geologist who studied the North American Atlantic continental margin for 40 years. He is a Civil War enthusiast and is a descendant of a Union army veteran. He was a professor at Rutgers University from 1986-2003, now retired.

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