Can You Help Solve A Mystery?
Can you help solve the mystery of the USS Monitor’s unknown sailors? Check out this great video put together by UPS as part of their efforts to assist NOAA and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries with identifying the remains of two sailors from the USS Monitor.
The Civil War ironclad USS Monitor—best known for the Battle of Hampton Roads—sank during a storm in 1862. The skeletal remains of two sailors were found off the coast of Cape Hatteras in the ship’s gun turret in 2002. After years of research failed to reveal the sailors’ identities, NOAA asked forensic anthropologists at Louisiana State University to recreate the men’s faces. NOAA hopes the reconstructed faces will be recognized by members of the public and lead to the positive identification of the two men.
Please share the video to help solve the mystery of the sailors’ identities.
A Word from Jim
My life has been defined by a quest to learn about the past and share it. As a maritime archaeologist who works around the globe, I’ve spent decades in the fascinating world of underwater exploration. I’ve been privileged to host the popular television show The Sea Hunters for five years, work as Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15, and be the President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) for five years. I took over duties as Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in October 2010.
Besides my new and continuing commitments, I also work hard to promote the cause of maritime preservation, teach at universities, give presentations to various groups worldwide and write books and articles on my finds and experiences.
What keeps me fired up with a passion for the past are the connections I make with everyday people whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their interactions with the sea, including some of history’s greatest disasters. No matter how many times I dive, how many shipwrecks I see and touch, the awe, the excitement and the thrill of discovery are always there.
Thank you for visiting my site and allowing me to share my experiences with you. Whether you’ve been following my work or have been recently introduced to it, I invite you to explore this site to the fullest. It is my hope that you will enjoy what I have to share…and learn something along the way.
Thanks for sharing the adventures!