Ship Name

Monitor, USS

Type

ironclad warship

Origins/Provenance

United States/Union

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1862

Function

Military

Displacement (tons)

987

Length (feet)

179

Beam (feet)

42

Draft (feet)

11

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Propulsion Specifications

vibrating-lever engines

Hull

Iron

Armament

8

Historical Note

John Ericsson designed; consisted of two parts -- a 122'hull that rested atop a 172' raft; did battle with CSS Virginia (the former USS Merrimac) on May 9, 1862, in Chesapeake Bay; inconclusive battle in which both ships survived

Related Images

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Mississippi, USS
Date: 1847
Image ID: 1163
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Image ID: 1255 I
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Image ID: 1256 I

Related People

Ericsson, John

External Links

USS Monitor Naval Historical Records Web Site

Record ID: 145