Conservation of USS Monitor's Dahlgren Guns and Gun Carriages Webcam

USS Monitor's Dahlgren Guns and Gun Carriages (Refreshes every 12 seconds)

This webcam shows Monitor's two XI-inch Dahlgren shell guns and gun carriages. The 7.5-ton guns are undergoing electrolytic reduction in sodium hydroxide solutions. Conservators are completely disassembling the 3,200-pound gun carriages, which have been rotated to their original upright positions, to separate iron and copper alloy components from wood components for safe treatment. These four tanks are drained more frequently than the engine and turret tanks. Keep any eye out over the coming months and you may see conservators working on these artifacts!

Watch history unfold before your eyes!

We're in a race to conserve history! Follow along as artifacts are uncovered and more facts are learned about the Monitor and the men who served aboard!

From the heart breaking accounts of life aboard the ironclads to thrilling descriptions of the battles recounted by those who witnessed them you're sure to learn something new!