Grants awarded to conserve USS Monitor’s iconic gun turret

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A federal grant will help conserve the iconic revolving gun turret of the USS Monitor.

The Daily Press reports that the Institute of Museum and Library Services is giving more than $27,000 to the cause. Matching funds from other sources will bring the total to more than $50,000.

A foundation and center dedicated to the famous Civil War battleship are based at the Mariner’s Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia.

In 1862, the Union ship engaged in what’s known as the Battle of Hampton Roads with the confederate CSS Virginia. The duel of ironclad ships lacked a conclusive winner.

The Monitor sank later that year. It was discovered in 1973 off the coast of North Carolina.

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