Day Two at the CW Navy Conference: Priceless Artifacts

I am just about to head out for the second day of the Civil War Navy Conference and am looking forward to even more great presentations on steel ships, steam engines, muzzle-loading cannons, and iron men.  So while the posting is light, I’ll stream Twitter updates when possible.

But I will leave you Twitter-averse types a thought of the day:

To paraphrase Dr. Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark – Look at these otherwise ordinary objects.  Yet you leave them under the sea for 135 years and they become priceless historic artifacts, provided every care possible for restoration.

Those are throttle pipes that fit onto the USS Monitor’s engine.