A passageway between the captain's cabin and the
captain's stateroom led to the chain locker. In this small room, the Monitor's
anchor hoister hung in the overhead, just forward of the ladder leading to the
pilothouse. From here, crew members could raise or lower the ship's
anchor at will without exposing anyone to the elements or enemy fire. The area
below the pilothouse also provided additional storage areas for a paint locker
and the boatswain's stores.