Did You Know?
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
For more than a century, the resting place of the USS Monitor remained undiscovered.
There were numerous searches and occasional claims of discovery.
However, no one could show proof of the USS Monitor’s location.
Sonar image of the Monitor recorded by the NOAA Ship Whiting, 2000 (Monitor Collection, NOAA)
Where is the GOLD RING?
The Story of the Gold Ring
When the USS Monitor sank, many sailors were saved.
Divers found the gold ring on the USS Monitor shipwreck.
Now the ring is located at the Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum http://www.monitorcenter.org/.
No one knows who owned the gold ring.
How Did the USS Monitor Sink?
The USS Monitor was a metal war ship. The ship was not even a year old when it sunk. On December 31,1862, the USS Monitor sank in a big storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Big waves swamped, or filled the boat with water.
The image above shows sailors from the USS Rhode Island rescuing the crew of the sinking USS Monitor. This picture is an illustration from Harper's Weekly, January 1863 (colored version). (Photo credit: Monitor Collection, NOAA).