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USS Monitor: Heavy Metal on the High Seas with NOAA

Jan 30

5:30pm Reception and Galleries Open, 6:30pm Talk

Free for MOCA Members, $5 Non-members

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Situated just 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the shipwreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor. Since the Monitor’s designation as the nation’s first national marine sanctuary in 1975, NOAA has used cutting edge technology to document the ironclad warship and share its history with the American public.

This presentation by Tane Casserley will highlight NOAA’s efforts to protect the shipwreck and its legacy above and below the waves.

Tane Casserley is a maritime archaeologist and specializes in 19th-century warships and deep-water archaeology. Tane holds a graduate certificate in maritime archaeology from the University of Hawaii and a master's degree from the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University. He has led NOAA archaeological expeditions in the Florida Keys, the Great Lakes, California, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and the USS Monitor. He dove with the National Park Service on a sunken B-29 in Lake Mead, and is most recently part of the ongoing research to document the maritime landscape of the WWII Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina.

Tane's projects have used technical diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and manned submersibles. Tane is a dive instructor and certified trimix and closed-circuit rebreather diver with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), as well as the Nautical Archaeology Society Senior Tutor for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

NOAA's Tane Casserley