Coast Guard honors crewmen from historic ship near Hatteras, NC

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard crew conducted a wreath-laying ceremony Sunday in the Atlantic Ocean near Hatteras, N.C., at the wreckage site of the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship commissioned by the Navy during the Civil War.

The ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C., honored the ironclad’s legacy and the 16 men who lost their lives 150 years ago.

The original Monitor sank Dec. 31, 1862, at 1:30 a.m. in heavy seas while being towed by the USS Rhode Island.

“The Monitor is one of the most significant ships in U.S. history,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Saunders, the deputy chief of the enforcement branch at the Coast Guard’s 5th District. “It revolutionized Naval architecture and warfare. It was honored and revered by both Union and Confederate descendants. The sailors who served on the Monitor displayed legendary bravery, and it is a reminder to all who work on the sea that nature can be ferocious.”

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C., conduct a wreath-laying ceremony near Hatteras at the wreckage site of the USS Monitor, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Sixteen crewmembers lost their lives when the Monitor sank during heavy seas while being towed by the USS Rhode Island Dec. 31, 1862. U.S.Coast Guard photo

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence conduct a wreath-laying ceremony near Hatteras at the wreckage site of the USS Monitor, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. U.S.Coast Guard photo

 

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C., conduct a wreath-laying ceremony near Hatteras at the wreckage site of the USS Monitor, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Sixteen crewmembers lost their lives when the Monitor sank during heavy seas while being towed by the USS Rhode Island Dec. 31, 1862. U.S.Coast Guard photo

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C., conduct a wreath-laying ceremony near Hatteras at the wreckage site of the USS Monitor, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. . U.S.Coast Guard photo

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