Model of the Monitor

Model of the Monitor

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Physical Description
Wood model with plastic parts.
General History
Built by contract with John Ericsson at Green Point, Long Island, and launched January 30, 1862, the USS Monitor saw its first naval action at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 9, 1862. Despite the CSS Virginia being almost twice its size, with ten guns, the Monitor with its two eleven-inch turret guns held its own. The engagement ended in a draw. The Monitor sank in a gale off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on December 31, 1862.
Object Name
model, ship
Other Terms
model, ship; ship; Monitor, Steam Screw; 2 Guns
Date made
ca 1960
associated date
Date the Monitor sunk off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Arthur G. Henning Inc.
associated place
United States: New York, Long Island
United States: North Carolina
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 43 in x 10 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 109.22 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Naval History
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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