Cast & Crew
Paula S Apsell
The story of an armored combat vessel that opened a new chapter in naval warfare. At a critical moment of the American Civil War in 1861, the Navy commissioned the U.S.S. Monitor to test a daring idea -- that a mechanical fighting machine could inflict a crushing defeat on Confederate forces. Not long after its legendary confrontation with the ironclad Merrimac, the Monitor sank in stormy seas off Cape Hatteras. Almost a century and a half after these momentous events, the program follows the Navy's efforts to salvage the secrets of the Monitor as it lies rusting on the ocean bottom.