Magazine article Sea Classics

Nautical Notes

Magazine article Sea Classics

Nautical Notes

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"Mysteries of the Monitor" was the title of an article which appeared in the 7 December 2003, edition of the Seattle (WA) Times. Written by Miichael E. Ruane of The Washington Post, it tells of the work on the preservation of the USS Monitor's turret.

The 200-ton turret, which is 21.5-ft in diameter and 9-ft high, is in a huge storage tank outside The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. When the Monitor sank, the ship must have turned over as the turret was found in that position.

Curtiss Petersen, senior conservator and three other curators, work on the turret which is immersed in a 90,000-gal tank filled with a solution that is intended to halt further decaying of the rusted turret. To do their work the tank must be drained, and that alone takes a day.

United States Army Private Jessica Lynch is schduled to fulfill the role of godmother to Carnival Cruise Lines' newest cruise ship, Carnival Miracle, on 27 February 2004, at Jacksonville, Florida. According to Jaxport, the occasion will mark the first time a brand-new cruise ship will be introduced at the nation's newest cruise homeport.

In appreciation of Lynch's role as godmother, the line will make a significant contribution to the Jessica Lynch Foundation.

On 11 November 2003, Adam C. Holland, a staff writer of the Providence (RI) Journal, reported that on Veterans Day about 100 former members of the USS Wasp, visited the Quonset Air Museum to view a new model of the famous World War Two carrier. …

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