This Sunday, CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek was joined by a Green Bay man who is using his engineering skills to preserve a priceless piece of Civil War history.
Rich Carlstedt built a scale replica of the steam engine from the USS Monitor, a battleship from the Civil War. The ship sank in the Atlantic in 1862.
The shipwreck was located in 1973. Several pieces of the ship, including the engine, were raised from the ocean in the early 2000s. The engine is currently housed at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
Carlstedt spent years researching the project and countless hours building the award-winning replica.
On the show, Carlstedt discussed his interest in the battleship. He also offered some advice to future engineers.
"This was my dream to build this model and I say live your dream," he said. "I had a lot of sleepless nights believe it or not trying to ascertain what was right I spent three months just determining whether 10 inches or 10 1/4 inches was a right dimension to put on the valve chest and I decided on 10 and a quarter and it turned out I was right on."
CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 1 p.m.
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