150th Anniversary news articles

Forensic Reconstruction Sculptures

Photos below (left) are clay model recreations of the faces of two USS Monitor sailors whose remains were found in the USS Monitor gun turret in 2002. Images on the right are computer enhanced versions showing what the unknown sailors may have looked like while aboard the USS Monitor in 1862. (Forensic constructions: Louisiana State University)

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Associated Press Coverage

In a longshot bid that combines science and educated guesswork, researchers hope the reconstructed faces of two remains found in the USS Monitor will help someone identify the unknown men. Watch a short video to learn more.

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Map of where the USS Monitor lies.

The USS Monitor lies in approximately 240 feet of water just 16 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Click here for a larger map. (Courtesy NOAA)

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The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was the first sanctuary of what now includes 14 marine protected areas in U.S. waters. The sanctuary system spans from Thunder Bay in the Great Lakes (the only fresh water sanctuary), to Fagatele Bay in American Samoa. With over 150,000 square miles of America's ocean and Great Lakes waters protected, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries works to conserve, protect, and enhance the biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of these special underwater places. (Courtesy NOAA) Click here for a larger map.

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