National Geographic : 1975 Jan
"Here we lie, day after day & week after week, temperatures reached 140° F. in the turret. But prisoners to all purposes, no going ashore-no what Monitor lacked in creature comforts, she nothing, but eat, drink & sleep, & while away the made up for in simple, angular menace as a "float tedious hours as best we may." So wrote Acting ing battery" (below, transverse section through Paymaster William Keeler of the dull but essential turret). Towed to her mission site, the ironclad blockade duty (above) for which Monitor had steamed into battle under her own power. Rela been built. Although tively small-172 by designer John Erics- 41'/2 feet with a draft son had provided a . . i of 101/2 feet-and low system for forced- ' in the water, she of air ventilation, Keeler 7T1 fered little target complained of "broil- area. Scars on her tur ing in or on our iron ret, though, tell of box." During battle, ... occasional hits.