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Confederate Ironclad May Have Been Found (CSS Virginia aka Merrimac)
Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2003 | AP

Posted on 04/30/2003 4:53:48 PM PDT by SpringheelJack

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- An underwater survey found what might be remnants of the Confederate ironclad warship Virginia, the former USS Merrimack that fought the Union's ironclad Monitor in the 1862 battle that redefined naval warfare.

"It would be a stroke of incredible luck to discover it after all these years," said Dick Hoffeditz, curator of the Virginia War Museum in Newport News.

The underwater survey, for the proposed construction of a marine terminal on the Elizabeth River, describes two shipwrecks in the area and says there is "a distinct possibility" that they might be parts of the Virginia and of a schooner that hit the submerged wreck and sank next to it.

The Monitor and the Virginia -- which was built on part of the salvaged hull of a Union sailing ship, the USS Merrimack -- fought a pounding battle near Newport News on March 9, 1862.

It was the first clash of wooden ships armored with steel plates to repel cannon balls. Most historians consider the four-hour battle a draw.

On May 11, 1862, the Virginia ran aground near Craney Island. After the crew was evacuated, the ship was set afire, detonating the 16,000 pounds of black powder in the ship's magazine. Documents show that salvage companies later removed two boilers and parts of the wooden hull.

What was left of the ship was again blown up, and some sections were dragged to the Navy Yard in Portsmouth.

Several parts of the Virginia survive in museums, including dented armor and the ship's wheel at the Mariners' Museum, and an anchor and part of a propeller shaft at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has called for a follow-up investigation to decide if the wreck spotted in the survey is the Virginia. If it is, federal and state laws require that the ship's remains be removed before any dredging can take place.

The Monitor sank at the end of 1862, landing upside down in 240 feet of water, 16 miles off Hatteras, N.C. A joint Navy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has raised the Monitor's turret and other parts.

The Mariners' Museum in Newport News has custody of Monitor artifacts.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: archaeology; civilwar; confederacy; csa; cssvirginia; dixie; dixielist; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; ironclads; museums; navalwarfare; newportnews; portsmouth; virginia; virginiawarmuseum
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To: Non-Sequitur
If memory serves there was a three turreted ship, which was made by cutting down and armoring an existing frigate but the name escapes me.

41 posted on 05/01/2003 12:25:13 PM PDT by aomagrat (IYAOYAS)
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To: Cagey
Put "Hunley" in the keyword search? Now why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the help!
42 posted on 05/03/2003 2:41:14 PM PDT by Revenge Of Daffy-Duck ({ Insert Evil Laugh Here })
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To: wardaddy
Illbay is gone.

I wonder if he got banned because of his home page.....I was reading it earlier this was somewhat bizarre.

43 posted on 05/03/2003 2:51:48 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I'm changing my tag line....somebody hand that other one.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
I'm not sure he's banned...I just know he's MIA over a week now.
44 posted on 05/03/2003 9:37:20 PM PDT by wardaddy (I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Ships sink in storms, it was a fact of life during the period. It was impossible to forcast them so the Union Navy has nothing to apologize for.

That is a good one. Read up on Farragut's opinions on the monitor class. FYI, it wasn't "ships sink all the time, what the hell".

45 posted on 05/06/2003 7:36:23 PM PDT by Hacksaw
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A Blast from the Past (2003). This one got added to the keyword at some point, but never got a post or ping. Whoops.

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46 posted on 06/25/2007 9:56:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated June 23, 2007.)
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47 posted on 06/27/2008 9:54:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ( updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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