The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the USS Monitor. From its launch on Jan. 30, 1862, to its sinking on Dec. 31, 1862, the Monitor, in its short lifetime, became one of our nation's most prized treasures and changed the evolution of naval warship design. Join the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary as we celebrate the anniversary of all things Monitor!
We invite you to explore this special edition web site to learn more about this unique warship and the crew who sailed her. Dive into history to discover why the Monitor was built, who designed it, and what caused the ship's demise. Venture into the 20th century and learn how the Monitor shipwreck was discovered, then sail into present day to see what is being done to protect and conserve its legacy.
Come back often as we update the site throughout the year, and be sure to check out our calendar for upcoming celebration events! Teachers, visit our education section for activities and curriculum to connect your students to the science, technology, engineering, and math of the USS Monitor.