In 1975, two years after the wreck of the USS Monitor was discovered off Cape Hatteras, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary to protect her.

27 years later, in 2002, the USS Monitor’s turret was pulled up from the wreck site by NOAA and the US Navy Diving Team commanded by Bobbie Scholley. Recovered within the turret were the remains of two of the USS Monitor’s crewmembers.

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