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USS Monitor sailors honoured in proper burial

Two sailors who went down with the USS Monitor off the coast of North Carolina 140 years ago have finally been laid to rest in a proper burial on Friday.

When the turret was brought up, pieces of the sailor’s lives came with it. A mismatched pair of shoes gave silent testimony to curator David Krop about the ship’s final moments.

“If you think about the chaos the night of the sinking,” he said, “if there’s water coming into the ship, it’s dark, you might just grab what’s closest to you, put those on in order to get out of the vessel.

Each artifact is a possible clue to the identity of the two unknown sailors.

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Story: David Martin, CBC News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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