Fort Fisher

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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Looking for Parts of the CSS Neuse--- Part 1

From the March 8, 2014, Raleigh (NC) News & Observer "N.C. team to search for Civil War ironclad's artifacts" by Andrew Kenney. //// A 23-foot boat will sweep a half mile stretch of the Neuse River by Kinston with sonar waves and a magnetic-field instrument looking for the CSS Neuse's propeller, cannon, anchor and perhaps some of its iron armor. These items have been lost in the river's mud. //// The search begins almost 149 years to the day after the ship was detsroyed and sunk by Confederates to prevent its capture by advancing Union forces. //// The decision to do the research was decided just this path Wednesday (March 5th) as the Neuse River is running high, some 20 feet deep and 300 feet across due to Spring flooding, Sonar woks better in deeper water. //// Side-scan sonar is used to search underwater shapes and the magnetometer looks for traces of iron. The team expects to report its findings Monday, but any items discovered will remain in place for now. //// Hoping They Find Something They Can Put In That Wonderful New Museum in Kinston. --Old B-R'er

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