Provide funding to conserve the USS Monitor Collection
  • Petitioned United States Congress

This petition was delivered to:

United States Congress
Legislative Assistant
Kelly Thomasson
Legislative Assistant
Nick Barbash
Congressman, First Congressional District of Virginia
Rob Wittman
Congressman, Fourth Congressional District of Virginia
J. Randy Forbes
Congressman, Second Congressional District of Virginia
Scott Rigell
Congressman, Third Congressional District of Virginia
Bobby Scott
District Director, First Congressional District of Virginia
Joe Schumacher
Legislative Assistant
Brent Robinson
Legislative Assistant
Jamie Miller
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Provide funding to conserve the USS Monitor Collection

    1. Petition by

      The Mariners' Museum

The Mariners’ Museum is temporarily closing the 5,000-square-foot Wet Lab that houses the American Civil War ironclad USS Monitor’s gun turret and other large artifacts following the Dec. 31, 2013 expiration of an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA's) National Marine Sanctuary Program. The priceless artifacts inside this lab, recovered from the wreck of the USS Monitor, are federally-owned and administered by NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary but conserved by staff from The Mariners' Museum.

NOAA is waiting on Congress’ approval of a budget to determine what funding to make available this coming year. NOAA and The Mariners’ Museum are working together to ensure that funding is in place to continue this important conservation work. The lab will re-open once funding is secured.

In 2013, it cost approximately $500,000 for The Mariners' Museum's international team of conservation experts to preserve these complex and highly unstable artifacts. NOAA provided 10 percent of funding, and no funding was designated in 2012, the 150th anniversary of the Monitor’s historic clash with the Confederate ironclad Virginia in Hampton Roads. The Museum remains committed to its long-term conservation goals and its partnership with NOAA. But without additional funds from NOAA, conservation work will not be able to proceed.

The USS Monitor's artifacts and stories are irreplaceable threads in the fabric of our American heritage. You have a voice. Make yourself heard.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sandra Ward MONTEBELLO, NY
      • 7 months ago

      The USS Monitor is an irreplaceable piece of history which should be widely shared.

    • Brandon Pierce LEBANON, MO
      • 7 months ago

      Civil war preservation is near and dear to my heart - if we don't preserve what we have, the next generation won't be able to enjoy it.

    • Lyle Browning MIDLOTHIAN, VA
      • 7 months ago

      This is a national treasure and should be fully funded.

    • mark haselberger WILDWOOD, FL
      • 7 months ago

      civil war buff for 61 years.

    • Duane E. Tressler BALTIMORE,, MD
      • 7 months ago

      I am a free-lance researcher, historian, archivist and genealogist plus former public high school teacher in social studies. Great archeological/historical finds like the "USS Monitor" 's remnants should be preserved to be visited and understood by generations of students and citizens, helping to understand how changes and responding to technological improvements like the Union Navy did in 1862 and the audacity and ingenuity of the Confederate Navy personnel in imagining and building the first iron-clad "Virginia" ("Merrimac")!!


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