By Q. David Bowers, Founder
The following article was taken from Q. David Bowers’ More Adventures with Rare Coins, where it was featured as Adventure No. 43.
The U.S.S. Monitor
The U.S.S. Monitor,
a low-profile ironclad ship with a rotating gun turret, was launched at Greenpoint, New York, on January 30, 1862. Humorously referred to as a “cheesebox on a raft” by some observers, the vessel was 178 feet long and had a beam of 411
feet. On the deck was mounted a cylindrical turret of eight-inch armor plate.