Conservation Webcams

Batten Conservation Complex

This state-of-the-art facility provides visitors with a view of the delicate process of preserving history. The conservation facility offers visitors:

  • A first-hand look at conservation of the turret, steam engine, and much more.
  • A much needed resource for training, research and consultation in the conservation field
  • Exhibits on the fascinating blend of the art and science of conservation

Engine and Condenser Webcam

USS Monitor's Engine

View the USS Monitor’s vibrating side-lever steam engine. The engine is a composite artifact, meaning that it is composed of many different material types including wrought iron, cast iron, copper and copper alloys, rubber, and glass.View camera image

Turret Webcam

USS Monitor's Turret

Catch a glimpse of the USS Monitor’s revolving gun turret. The 120-ton wrought iron turret is visible whether the tank is filled with 90,000 gallons of treatment solution or if conservators are inside the turret performing treatment activities.View camera image

Guns and Gun Carriages Webcams

USS Monitor's Guns

This webcam shows the USS Monitor’s two XI-inch Dahlgren shell guns and their gun carriages. Conservators have been busy disassembling the 3,200-pound gun carriages, which have been rotated into their original upright positions.View camera image