Investigating Maker’s Marks Discovered on Artifacts from the Engine Room of the USS Monitor

Author(s): Kathleen M. Sullivan

Year: 2018

Summary

The life of the Union Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is well known and its famous battle against the CSS Virginia well documented; but, there are still many stories to be discovered, especially those of the men who built the vessel in just over 100 days. Conservation of artifacts recovered from Monitor’s wreck site is ongoing at The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia. During the conservation process maker’s marks have been found on several objects from the ship’s engine room. These stamps and inscriptions provide the names of previously unknown persons and businesses who played a role in the swift manufacture of the vessel. This paper will discuss the histories of these discovered names and companies. 

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Investigating Maker’s Marks Discovered on Artifacts from the Engine Room of the USS Monitor. Kathleen M. Sullivan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441306)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 364