During the storm, the Monitor lost it's smokestack so it lost power. In an effort to turn the ship into the wind, the anchor was let out but the ship was in too deep of water.
The discoverer of the wreck found the anchor chain before he found the ship.
posted on 04/30/2003 5:46:22 PM PDT
by Shooter 2.5
(Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
To: Shooter 2.5
That was the major design flaw with the first Monitor. Later classes kept the low freeboard but were more sea worthy with taller fixed stacks and their pilot houses moved to the top of the turret. Following the war Monitor-type ships crossed the Atlantic and rounded Cape Horn.
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