All Hands Online : Official Magazine of the U.S. Navy
"As the Confederate warship steered towards the Minnesota, its Sailors noticed something strange. A small oddly shaped vessel had joined their prey in the water. But that wouldn't stop them from destroying the flagship.
Lt. John Worden, the Monitor's commanding officer, had received orders to protect the Minnesota at all costs and set out the evening before. The Monitor spent that night maneuvering the waters of Hampton Roads to get near to the Minnesota. It was 8 a.m. when the Monitor Sailors spotted the Confederate warship. Virginia aimed straight for the grounded Minnesota, firing its cannons.
It was time for the Monitor to act. Its cannons blazed, taking the black-iron beast in the side, shaking it to the core. Suddenly, it was as if no other ships were there, just two iron ships, circling and hitting like heavyweight boxers, struggling to punish one another.
The Monitor turned, gunners filling the cannons with new shells.
Guns from the black-iron beast blazed as it shot. One, two, three missed..."Krang!" The sound exploded inside the Monitor, shrieking into the Sailors ears.
Sailors inside the turret stumbled as the reverberations struck them, two who were leaning against the turret when the shell struck it fell to the floor stunned. But the Monitor's armor stopped any critical damage.
The Virginia fell silent as its cannons reloaded.
The Sailors inside the Monitor scrambled to their feet, striving to turn the turret, slowly bringing the confederate warship into their sights. The thunderous sound of the Dahlgren cannon half-deafened the crew as it spat out its payload.
The report of the shell catching the iron beast was like music to Monitor Sailors' ears, a small rent opening in its side.
But the Confederate ship was far from finished, and for hours volley after volley of ordnance fired back and forth. A game of cat and mouse was being played between the two ships with the Minnesota being the prize. "
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Great Navy Museums
- Buffalo Naval Park - USS Little Rock CL 92, USS The Sullivans DD 537, USS Croaker SS 246
- Hampton Roads Naval Museum
- National Museum of Naval Aviation
- National Museum of the United States Navy
- Patriots Point - Home of The USS Yorktown CV 10
- The National D Day Museum
- USCGC Comanche WMEC 202
- USCGC Taney WHEC 37
- USS Alabama with USS Drum
- USS Albacore.org AGSS 569
- USS Arizona BB 39 Memorial
- USS Batfish SS 310
- USS Becuna SS 319
- USS Blue Back SS 581
- USS Bowfin SS 287
- USS Cairo - Ironclad River Gunboat
- USS Cassin Young DD 793
- USS Cavalla SS 244
- USS Cobia SS 245
- USS Cod SS 224
- USS Constellation Sloop of War
- USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides'
- USS Constitution Museum
- USS Growler SSG 577
- USS Hazard AM 240 - Minesweeper
- USS Hornet CV 12 Museum
- USS Intrepid CV 11
- USS Joseph P Kennedy, JR DD 850
- USS Kidd DD 661 Veterans Memorial
- USS Lexington CV 16 Museum
- USS Ling SS 297
- USS Lionfish SS 298
- USS Massachusetts BB 59 Museum
- USS Midway CV 41 Museum
- USS Missouri BB 63 Memorial
- USS Monitor Civil War Ironclad
- USS Nautlis - The First and Finest Nuclear Powered Submarine
- USS New jersey BB 62 Museum
- USS North Carolina BB 55
- USS Olumpia C 6 - 1898 Cruiser
- USS Orleck DD 886
- USS Pampanito SS 383
- USS Ranger Museum
- USS Requin SS 481
- USS Salem CA 139
- USS Silversides SS 236
- USS Slater DE 766
- USS Stewart DE 238
- USS Storsk SS 423
- USS Texas BB 35 Museum
- USS Turner Joy DD 951
- USS Wisconsin BB 64 Musuem