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Monitor Online Gallery

Stunning visual images of the Monitor shipwreck are regularly captured by staff and private divers. Some of these images are available directly through our online image gallery, while others can be viewed on our Monitor shipwreck webpage.

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Image Gallery

View spectacular images of the maritime heritage work we do to document our nation's and North Carolina's cultural resources and to tell their stories.

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USS Monitor Virtual Artifact Collection

Explore the collection to learn more about the USS Monitor's artifacts and the stories these historic treasures can tell about the U.S. Civil War and life at sea in the 1860's.

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Submerged NC Webinar Series

This webinar series presented by Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in collaboration with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology highlights research conducted for over 45 years to honor and protect the hallmarks of North Carolina's underwater cultural heritage – shipwrecks.

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Archived Webinars

Watch a collection of archived webinars and interviews by Monitor National Marine Sanctuary staff that help to tell the sanctuary's story.

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NOAA Ocean Explorer

In 2016, the Battle of the Atlantic expedition captured breathtaking images of U-576 and SS Bluefields. These two World War II ships sank on July 15, 1942, while engaged in the battle of KS-520. View images, video, and laser scans at the Ocean Explorer website.

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NOAA Photo Library

The NOAA photo library contains over 80,000 images that showcase the work of NOAA. Explore images in a wide array of collections and galleries.

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Sanctuary Map

Situated just 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the shipwreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. The sanctuary is one nautical mile in diameter and reaches from the surface of the water to the ocean floor. View a map of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

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Explore Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' Earth is Blue library to see photos and videos highlighting the wonder and beauty of the sanctuary system and the work we do to protect them. Explore the links below to learn more about Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's work.