Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Do you know this man?

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has an Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and one of these sanctuaries includes the resting place of the USS Monitor, the famous "ironclad" warship from the Civil War. After its historic battles with the Confederate Navy ship the Merrimac, the Monitor sank in a storm off Virgina. The wreck has been explored in recent years, and the remains of a number of crewmen discovered. The remains of two unidentified crew members which were found inside the gun turret have had their features forensically reconstructed, and NOAA has released the images to enlist the help of the public in identifying the men.

Fascinating stuff really, touching on history, underwater archaeology, forensics and more. We have many books in our book collection about such things, and databases like Academic Search, America: History & Life,  JSTOR and so on would be good for journal articles.

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