Green Bay man preserves piece of Civil War history

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 engine from the USS Monitor, a battleship from the Civil War. The ship sank in the Atlantic in 1862.

Carlstedt spent years researching the project and trying to preserve the one-of-a-kind engine.

“This was my dream to build this model,” Carlstedt sid. “I say live your dream and 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 the 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 10 a.m.

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