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Archive for December, 2012

This Day in NC History: The USS Monitor sank

Monday, December 31st, 2012

On December 31, 1862, the USS Monitor, sank during a storm off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Four officers and twelve crewmen were lost.

A technological marvel in its day, the vessel was designed and built by John Ericsson, a Swedish inventor. In developing the ship, Ericsson obtained 240 patents for equipment, including 45 related just to its turret. Rather than a standard ship hull, the Monitor was a large raft-like boat with a large revolving turret that supported two eleven-inch smoothbore guns. It weighed 987 tons.

The first engagement between ironclad ships occurred on March 9, 1862, when the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the Merrimack) met at Hampton Roads, Virginia. After a four hour battle, the Virginia retreated, giving the Monitor the tactical victory.

The Monitor was found in 1973, bottom up and in about 240 feet of water. The North Carolina Office of State Archaeology participated in the identification of the wreck. The wreck site, located sixteen miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, became the first National Marine Sanctuary in 1975. In 2001, the Monitor’s 30-ton steam engine was recovered and the turret was raised from the ocean floor the following year.

For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit Cultural Resources online at www.ncdcr.gov.

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One sent to hospital after crashing into pole; road reopens

Monday, December 31st, 2012

At least one person was taken to the hospital Monday morning after an accident at 23rd Street and Blue Clay Road.

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North 23rd Street closed after wreck

Monday, December 31st, 2012

North 23rd Street near Division Street in Wilmington is closed following a traffic wreck.

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Former CB town manager will now manage Wrightsville Beach

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Former Carolina Beach Town Manager, Tim Owens, was named the new Town Manager of Wrightsville Beach.

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