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Monitor Now (2000)

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)

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)

An illustration of the Monitor as seen from above it's current position. (illustration: Jeff Johnston)

Image compiled from a series of video stills by Jeff Johnston of the Monitor NMS. 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 NMS)

One of the turret gun ports. The rod projecting out was used to secure wood "bucklers" to the outside of the turret. The bucklers were then caulked and sealed to prevent water from entering the gun ports during the Monitor's ocean trip south. (photo: Monitor NMS)

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 NMS)

The framing around the main engine. (photo: Monitor NMS)

View of the Monitor's bow showing how the currents scour out around areas of the wreck. (photo: Monitor NMS)

Image compiled from a series of video stills by Jeff Johnston of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Although there is a distinct amount of distortion from the camera, this image shows some of the significant collapse that has occurred over the years. (photo: Monitor NMS)

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 NMS)

Bent and bowed deck support stanchions and the angled ends of "floor beams" along the port boiler. (photo: Monitor NMS)

View looking aft through what was the port side coal bunker. The armor belt is to the left of the bunker. (photo: Monitor NMS)

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 engine from the side and top views. (illustration: Jeff Johnston)

Port side view of the Monitor's vibrating side lever engine under the engine frames and platform.

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 NMS)

An oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau) rests on the side of the USS Monitor.

A Manta (Manta birostris) flies over the Monitor while Navy divers take a break from their mission to look on in awe. (photo: Monitor NMS)

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