The USS Monitor had many Troy connections: two of the four Monitor partners were Troy iron mill owners, the ship's hull was built from iron rolled in Troy (and assembled in Brooklyn), and one crewman was from Troy (he survived the sinking).
On this day, 157 years ago, USS Monitor met her tragic end as she sank off the coast of North Carolina. Her red lantern, blaring light in the storm, was the last thing any person saw of the ship before her demise. 42 years ago, the red lantern was the first piece of the wreck recovered, the first piece brought from the depths back to the light. Today, we have the honor of preserving this incredible ship and displaying humbling pieces like her red lantern 💔