Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

North Carolina

(757) 599-3122

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Overview

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was designated the nation's first national marine sanctuary on January 30, 1975. The site was the wreck of the USS Monitor, a Civil War vessel that lies off the coast of North Carolina. The Monitor was the prototype for a class of U.S. Civil War ironclad, turreted warships that significantly altered both naval technology and marine architecture in the nineteenth century. Designed by the Swedish engineer John Ericsson, the vessel contained all of the emerging innovations that revolutionized warfare at sea. The Monitor was constructed in a mere 110 days. The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is located 16 miles south-southeast of the Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Lighthouse. The location of the shipwreck does not allow for regular visitation, and permits are required to dive on the site. Because of its location and environment it is impossible for the majority of the public to visit the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Private research diving permits are available by contacting the sanctuary office.

Map of Monitor Nat'l Marine Sanctuary

Latitude, Longitude: 35.196186, -75.733223

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The location of the shipwreck does not allow for regular visitation, and permits are required to dive on the site. Because of its location and environment it is impossible for the majority of the public to visit the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Private research diving permits are available by contacting the sanctuary office.

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16 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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(757) 599-3122

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