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Battle of the Atlantic Research Expedition

Beginning August 28, NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will lead a research expedition with partnering organizations to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 off North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic. This summer marks the seventh year of the ongoing research project.

The primary focus this year is to acquire high resolution underwater surveys of the cargo shipwreck, Bluefields, and to search for the German U-boat, U-576, that sank the Bluefields. The expedition will stage and depart from Ocracoke Island, N.C., and the platform vessel for the expedition is NOAA's SRVx Sand Tiger. To learn more about previous Battle of the Atlantic expeditions click here. Also, be sure to follow the expedition on Facebook.


Recruiting for Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for three primary seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats: recreational/commercial fishing (two) and youth. For more information and to download an application click here.


Outer Banks Trail

Coastal North Carolina is an extraordinary place. Surrounded by water, the Outer Banks of North Carolina are a chain of narrow barrier islands separating the Currituck, Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds from the Atlantic Ocean. This dynamic environment has shaped the islands and its people for centuries.

We invite you to visit the Outer Banks through a series of ten videos and seven oral histories that take you along Highway 12 to a series of iconic places that make the Outer Banks unique. From the lighthouses to the wildlife, to the shipwrecks offshore, the Outer Banks' rich maritime heritage, culture and surrounding marine environment are reflected.

Click here for the Outer Banks Trail website. And teachers,check out the accompanying activity guide for students in our teacher section.


Monitor Trail

The latest addition to the Monitor Trail was recently installed along the Noland Trail at The Mariners' Museum Park in Newport News, Va. The sign is the third to be installed as part of NOAA's Monitor Trail, which will eventually run from Beaufort, N.C. to New York, N.Y. The Monitor Trail identifies key locations and communities that are associated with the design, construction and history of the USS Monitor. This newest sign describes the vital role that The Mariners' Museum plays in the conservation, preservation and display of Monitor artifacts. Two other Monitor Trail signs are located at the Richmond National Battlefield at Drewry's Bluff and at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, N.C.


New Video: The USS Monitor and NOAA: A Look through Time

Travel back to 1862 in this educational video to learn how the USS Monitor turned the tide of the Civil War. Learn about the discovery of the shipwreck in 1973, the site's designation as the first national marine sanctuary, and the recovery of major iconic artifacts and how they are being conserved today. Included are the recent events to identify two Monitor sailors' remains and their burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Funding for this video was provided in part by NOAA & The Preserve America Initiative.

To view the video on YouTube click here.


Experience the Monitor Center at The Mariners' Museum through the LIVE Web Cam.

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