Monitor: Monitor Now (2000)

satellite image of monitor national marine sanctuary
The Outer Banks of North Carolina from space showing the approximate position of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. This photo was taken by the Apollo 9 astronauts 3/12/69, during their 136th orbit of Earth. (photo: NASA)
Drawing of the wreck of the monitor
A side view illustration of the current position of the Monitor on the sea floor. Note the turret has slipped off and is visible, even though the ship is upside-down. (illustration: Jeff Johnston)
Drawing of the wreck of the monitor
An illustration of the Monitor as seen from above it's current position. (illustration: Jeff Johnston)
Under water photo of the wreck of the monitor
Image compiled from a series of video stills by Jeff Johnston of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. This image (from the port stern) shows the location of the Monitor's turret and how it supports the wreck off of the bottom. The area under the armor belt is the area targeted for stabilization by NOAA. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
Under water photo of the monitor's turret
Image compiled from a series of video stills by Jeff Johnston of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. This image (from the port stern) shows the location of the Monitor's turret and how it supports the wreck off of the bottom. The area under the armor belt is the area targeted for stabilization by NOAA. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
The Monitor's armor belt is resting on its displaced turret, upside down
The Monitor's armor belt is resting on its displaced turret, upside down. The armor belt is at the top of the photo. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
Underwater photo of the wreck of the monitor
The framing around the main engine. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
The bow of the monitor
View of the Monitor's bow showing how the currents scour out around areas of the wreck. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
The bow of the monitor
View of the Monitor's bow showing how the currents scour out around areas of the wreck. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
wreck of the monitor
View across the forward area of the wreck looking aft. Shows the significant collapse of the midships bulkhead. The structure to the right is the now displaced "turret support truss" and marks the original location of the Monitor's turret. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
wreck of the monitor
Bent and bowed deck support stanchions and the angled ends of "floor beams" along the port boiler. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
wreck of the monitor
View looking aft through what was the port side coal bunker. The armor belt is to the left of the bunker. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
A part of the wreck of the monitor covered in marine growth
Stairway on the starboard side of the fire room that led up to the engine platform. (photo: US Navy)
Illustrations of the mechanics of the monitor engine from the side and top views
Illustrations of the mechanics of the engine from the side and top views. (illustration: Jeff Johnston)
the wreck of the monitor
Port side view of the Monitor's vibrating side lever engine under the engine frames and platform.
Small fish swarm around a shipwreck
The Monitor is also a habitat. It attracts larval animals which attach to the structure and form an artificial reef, which in turn attracts other sea life. This image was taken from the Clelia submersible. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)
An oyster toadfish rests on the side of the USS Monitor
An oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau) rests on the side of the USS Monitor
A Manta
A Manta (Manta birostris) flies over the Monitor while Navy divers take a break from their mission to look on in awe. (photo: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary)