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USS Monitor Turret 3D Model
This is a laser scan of USS Monitor‘s iconic gun turret taken in summer 2016 by API Services of Newport News, Virginia. Because this is laser scan data, versus the photogrammetric models seen in the rest of this collection, there is no photorealistic texture for this image. Having data like this available, though - accurate within centimeters - means that we can now study the construction and use-life features of the artifact while it is still submerged in its conservation treatment bath at The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia.
Since the ship flipped over during the sinking, the turret is still upside down in treatment. This model gives us the ability to go inside the turret and experience it right side up, the same way the sailors did!