Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A USS Monitor Museum-- Part 1

From the Oct. 6th Greenpoint (NY)Gazette :An Ironclad Sign: The Monitor Museum."

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of its founding, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum dedicated a new sign at the site this past Oct. 1st. A group of officials, supporters and the Oliver Tilden Camp #26 of the Sons of Union Veterans were at the ceremony.

As of yet, the group does not have a permanent structure at the site where the USS Monitor was built from late 1861 to early 1862, but they are making an effort to build one at the one acre site at Bushwick Inlet.

Having the ceremony now is appropriate because of three major Monitor events that took place 150 years ago:

September 15, 1861: John Ericsson's appearance before Lincoln's Ironclad Board.

October 4, 1861: The signing of contracts for construction of the ship.

October 25, 1861: The laying of the Monitor's keel.

In 2003, Motiva Enterprises donated the acre, at Quay Street at the East River, where the Monitor was built and launched to the group. Immediately, the City of New York slapped an Imminent Domain on the site.

More to Come. --Old B-Runner

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