3D imaging could provide more insight about the life of the USS Monitor

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — It sank over 150 years ago off the North Carolina coast, but the Civil War-era USS Monitor has never been forgotten.

The Monitor roamed the waters of the Commonwealth and now, its turret sits at the Mariner’s Museum.  The ship has been submerged in a tank at the museum for the last 14 years. As it stands, the turret is upside down.

10 On Your Side was invited to witness 3D imaging of the turret. Engineers from Automated Precision are taking 3D images to see the Monitor in a whole new way.

“The technology we have now, gives us abilities we didn’t have ten years ago,” said Stephen Strand, Applications Engineer for API. ”These scanners, they take hundreds of thousands of points a second.”

“One of the things we’re hoping API can do is laser scan this, so we can record data like this cannonball dent and we can look at it, measure it and do research on it,” said Hannah Fleming with the USS Monitor Center.

Fleming can tell you a lot about the ship. She’s hoping this technology will give her even more insight.

“So with imaging like this, we’ll be able to actually see all the dings, all of the dents, all of the imperfections in the surface and we’ll be able to study those,” Fleming said. “So they can go in and take a measurement, and say alright, so this dent is six inches deep so we know how big the cannonball was from that, so they can figure out what ship fired that cannonball.”

With this technology, there is hope to discover more about the life of the historic war ship.

The Monitor Foundation will be processing the data collected over the next year.

The tank the turret sits in will be re-filled on Thursday, July 14. Check it out at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News.

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