The Greepoint Monitor Museum
2007-08 "ROAD SHOW"
PS 110 - THE MONITOR SCHOOL
PS 110 - GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN
P.S. 110 is honored to be called the Monitor School.
The Street where it is located was also named after the Monitor.
It is called
Monitor Street but the USS Monitor was not built there.
The USS Monitor was launched on January 30, 1862 from
Continental Iron Works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
where she was built at the Bushwick Inlet and the East River.
The USS Monitor left New York Harbor on March 6, 1862.
She arrived just in time to save the US Navy at a naval battle
which was taking place at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Many of the US Navy's famous wooden sailing frigates
were sunk during this battle including the USS CONGRESS.
They were being destroyed by a Confederate ironclad ship
called the CSS Virginia. Wood was no match to iron.
The CSS Virginia was once a wooden Union Navy ship called the
USS Merrimac. The Union burned the USS Merrimac so the
Confederates could not capture her but she did not burn below
the water line. The USS Merrimac was steam powered and
had auxiliary sails. The Confederates salvaged the Merrimac.
They removed her sails and covered her hull
with iron plate. She was then renamed the CSS Virginia
and began destroying the US Navy's wooden fleet.
The USS Monitor was ordered to save the
US Navy sailing frigate the USS Minnesota.
The ironclad USS Monitor was built in Greenpoint just in time to
save both the USS Minnesota
and the Union Navy on March 9, 1862
during this first battle between two ironclads.
Although the USS Monitor was smaller than the CSS Virginia,
John Ericsson's revolutionary design which included a
revolving turret saved the day!
Although the USS Monitor fought against the CSS Virginia,
the battle is more commonly known as the
"Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac".
The battle came to a draw, as neither ship actually destroyed
but the USS Monitor arrived in time to save
the USS Minnesota and stop the CSS Virginia from
destroying the US Naval Fleet and helped save the UNION.
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THANK YOU FOR WELCOMING
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The Museum is not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status.
FUNDING FOR THE 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 "Road Shows" WAS PROVIDED BY THE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Through a Grant obtained by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
THE GREENPOINT MONITOR MUSEUM
P.O. Box 220378
Brooklyn, New York 11222-0378
Janice Lauletta-Weinmann, President, Webmaster
George J. Weinmann, Webmaster
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