Scientists to try to raise anchor of Civil War ship

Researchers in a 22-foot miniature submarine located the 1,300-pound anchor of the sunken Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, lodged in sediment and attached to the ship

Divers were set to go down to the wreckage to begin work for an attempt to recover the anchor today. Researchers hope that lifting the anchor will help them assess techniques for conservation of the ship's turret.

The dive was part of the first expedition in four years to the historic ship that foundered and sank Dec. 31, 1862. The Monitor and the Confederate vessel Merrimac fought in the world's first battle of armored ships earlier that year at Hampton Roads, Va.

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