USS Monitor Ship Model -
24.5"L x 7"W x 10.5"H Free Shipping
This model war ship is made from scratch not a kit! Here is a rare hand built wooden model boat. The detail of this war ship model is unmatched! This is not a mass produced model nor is it built from a kit. The USS Monitor ship model come's to you new In the original box straight from the builder. This ship model comes to you assembled and ready to display. There is a very limited supply so don't miss out!
Construction: Months of research goes into the planning of these model boats. Original plans and pictures are used for their design and realism.
All natural Hardwoods are used in the construction of this model boat. The quality Honduras mahogany and fine cherry wood are of the highest caliber and generally used for real boats are used for our boat models.
Metal: details chrome plate, brass plate and gold plate.
U.S.S. Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy during the American Civil War. She is most famous for her participation in the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862, the first-ever battle fought between two ironclads. The Monitor fought the ironclad CSS Virginia (the former frigate USS Merrimack) of the Confederate States Navy.
The need for an ironclad warship in the U.S. Navy began when the state of Virginia seceded from the Union and ships at the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk were scuttled to prevent them from falling into Confederates hands. The Merrimack was only burnt to her waterline and was successfully raised by the Confederate States Navy (CSN). Her hull, with new upper works added, including an armored casemate, began to be refitted as Virginia. When Gideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy, found out about this, he created a board of three naval officers to review designs for an ironclad. Three ships were accepted, including USS Monitor, designed by the Swedish-born engineer and inventor John Ericsson.
Monitor was innovative in several respects, including the first 360 degree rotating armored gun turret on an operational warship. The hull was completely underwater and was protected by an overhanging armored deck and armored "belt". Her keel was laid on October 25, 1861, and she was launched 118 days later.
On December 31, 1862 while under tow in a gale off Cape Hatteras, USS Monitor sank. The Monitor had been in service for only ten months and yet in that brief time had revolutionized naval warfare. The wreck of the Monitor was finally located in August of 1973. In his book, USS Monitor – A Historic Ship Completes Its Final Voyage, John Broadwater tells the remarkable story of the ship and of the dedicated teams of archeologists, historians, divers and engineers who worked over the last forty years to preserve the ship and to rescue what could be saved from the wreck.