Builder's Model of the U.S.S. "Monitor"

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Wood, metal
Overall: 14 1/2 x 98 x 12 in. ( 36.8 x 248.9 x 30.5 cm )
Builder's plating half-model of the U.S.S. Monitor, mounted on backboard; scribing lines indicate placement and curvature of iron plates, nails show areas of riveting.
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Models like the one shown here were developed by ironclad warship builders to show the curvature of the iron armor designed to protect a ship's wooden hull. Revolutionizing marine warfare at the time, the Brooklyn built Monitor became renowned when it fought the C. S. S. Virginia to a standstill on March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia in one of history's most significant naval battles. (The Confederates re-fitted the U. S. S. Merrimack, a captured Union ship, and re-named it the C. S. S. Virginia.) This artifact was donated to the Society by the builder.
Holzer, Harold, ed. "Lincoln and New York." New York: The New-York Historical Society and London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 2009. Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
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Gift of Thomas Fitch Rowland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group