Builder's Model of the U.S.S. "Monitor"
Overall: 14 1/2 x 98 x 12 in. ( 36.8 x 248.9 x 30.5 cm )
Builder's plating half-model of the U.S.S. Monitor, mounted on backboard; scribing lines indicate placement and curvature of iron plates, nails show areas of riveting.
Models like the one shown here were developed by ironclad warship builders to show the curvature of the iron armor designed to protect a ship's wooden hull. Revolutionizing marine warfare at the time, the Brooklyn built Monitor became renowned when it fought the C. S. S. Virginia to a standstill on March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia in one of history's most significant naval battles. (The Confederates re-fitted the U. S. S. Merrimack, a captured Union ship, and re-named it the C. S. S. Virginia.) This artifact was donated to the Society by the builder.
Holzer, Harold, ed. "Lincoln and New York." New York: The New-York Historical Society and London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 2009. Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Gift of Thomas Fitch Rowland
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