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Maritime Archaeology Expedition

From July 30 through August 8, NOAA will collaborate with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in an effort to survey and document areas offshore Virginia. Because some areas surveyed may prove to be archaeological resources, NOAA's maritime archaeologists will participate in the expedition. Other support for the project is being provided by UNC Coastal Studies Institute and East Carolina University. NOAA's SRVx Sand Tiger will serve as the expedition platform.

On August 9, the SRVx Sand Tiger will be docked directly behind Nauticus in downtown Norfolk, Va. The vessel will be open to the public for tours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come and meet the scientists and learn what they discovered during the expedition. Tours are free!


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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