Why Monitor Expansion Matters
Designated in 1975, the Monitor site is the resting place of the famous Civil War ironclad. But just beyond those boundaries are other nationally significant military shipwrecks including American, British, Russian, German and other nations’ vessels destroyed during WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic, all of which have little or no legal protection.
Expansion of the Monitor site, currently under consideration by NOAA, would change that. Support comes from veterans groups, historians, archaeologists, divers, the preservation community, the general public and the Monitor’s own advisory council. The first stage of that consideration process was completed. The public commented on four potential alternatives recommended by the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. NOAA is currently reviewing these comments to develop the draft expansion plan.