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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Navy Divers Prep to Raise the CSS Georgia-- Part 1

From the May 19, 2015, Military Times "Navy divers prep for mission to raise Civil War ironclad" by Lance M. Bacon.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia.

A team of Navy divers spent a week this month preparing for the salvage of the CSS Georgia.  The Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 23 will deploy to Savannah on June 1st to free the ship from the mud at the bottom of the Savannah River.  The project is expected to take about two months.

The recovery is to take place in five groupings:  forward and aft casemate, engine remnants such as boilers, shaft and propeller, four cannons and live ordnance.  A number of projectiles are still under evaluation by on-site archaeologists but most are believed to be lying on the river bottom.

Explosion ordnance disposal divers from Mobile Unit 8 Detachment, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia will handle the projectiles.  The 20-man team is commanded by CWO3 Jason Potts.

Bring 'Er Up.  --Old B-R'er

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