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Atlantis Toy and Hobby USS Monitor CSS Merrimac Merrimack Virginia L77257
Monitor measures 8.25″ long and Merrimac measures 14″ long. Please note this tooling comes from Lindberg originally not the Pyro tooling. Completely different. The Merrimac Scale is 1/300 and the Monitor is 1/210 Scale. 2 Ironclad ships included. Comes with Vacu-formed seascape base and individual display stands if you choose not to use the base. Updated decals and historical booklet.
On March 9, 1862 a naval battle took place off the coast of Virginia that would forever change warfare at sea. This infamous battle is relived with Atlantis Models The Battle of the Ironclads historical diorama scene. This plastic model set comes with a historical booklet describing the Battle of Hampton Roads and the development of the first ironclad ships leading up to the faceoff. Perfect for a school project. The ships also come with their own individual display stands and nameplates. This great moment in history changed naval warfare forever and made every other navy in the world obsolete. It was an awesome and dangerous achievement in a sad and bitter war.
Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack, also called Battle of Hampton Roads, (March 9, 1862), in the American Civil War, naval engagement at Hampton Roads, Virginia, a harbour at the mouth of the James River, notable as history’s first duel between ironclad warships and the beginning of a new era of naval warfare.
The Northern-built Merrimack, a conventional steam frigate, had been salvaged by the Confederates from the Norfolk navy yard and rechristened the Virginia. With her upper hull cut away and armoured with iron, this 263-foot (80.2-metre) masterpiece of improvisation resembled, according to one contemporary source, “a floating barn roof.” Commanded by Commodore Franklin Buchanan and supported by several other Confederate vessels, the Virginia virtually decimated a Union fleet of wooden warships off Newport News, Virginia, on March 8, destroying the sloop Cumberland and the 50-gun frigate Congress while the frigate Minnesota ran aground.
The Union ironclad Monitor, under the command of Lieutenant John Worden, arrived the same night. This 172-foot “Yankee Cheese Box on a raft,” with its water-level decks and armoured revolving gun turret, represented an entirely new concept of naval design. Thus, the stage was set for the dramatic naval battle of March 9, with crowds of Union and Confederate supporters watching from the decks of nearby vessels and the shores on either side. Soon after 8: 00 AM the Virginia opened fire on the Minnesota, and the Monitor appeared. They passed back and forth on opposite courses. Both crews lacked training; firing was ineffective. The Monitor could fire only once in seven or eight minutes but was faster and more maneuverable than her larger opponent. After additional action and reloading, the Monitor’s pilothouse was hit, driving iron splinters into Worden’s eyes. The ship sheered into shallow water, and the Virginia, concluding that the enemy was disabled, turned again to attack the Minnesota. But her officers reported low ammunition, a leak in the bow, and difficulty in keeping up steam. At about 12: 30 PM the Virginia headed for its navy yard; the battle was over.
The Virginia’s spectacular success on March 8 had not only marked an end to the day of wooden navies but had also thrilled the South and raised the false hope that the Union blockade might be broken. The subsequent battle between the two ironclads was generally interpreted as a victory for the Monitor, however, and produced feelings of combined relief and exultation in the North. While the battle was indecisive, it is difficult to exaggerate the profound effect on morale that was produced in both regions.
The two ironclads faced off once more, on April 11, 1862, but did not engage, neither being willing to fight on the other’s terms. The Union side wanted the encounter to take place in the open sea. The Virginia, on the other hand, tried unsuccessfully to lure the Monitor into another battle in Hampton Roads.
On May 9, 1862, following the Confederate evacuation of Norfolk, the Virginia was destroyed by its crew. The Monitor—with 16 crewmen—was lost during a gale off Cape Hatteras.