NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- The museum that is home to the USS Monitor's turret is offering a macabre invitation: the opportunity to be inside the revolving gun housing on the anniversary of the Civil War ironclad's final hours before it sank 150 years ago.

The Mariner's Museum and the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary are launching an online auction Friday for up to six people to hunker down in history on Dec. 30 and 31. The eBay auction will remain open until 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

The bidding opens at $1,000 with an undisclosed reserve price.

The Monitor sank in 1862 in rough seas southeast of Cape Hatteras. Sixteen of the Monitor's 52 crew members died.

When the turret was raised from the ocean bottom, two skeletons were discovered in its rusted hulk.

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