Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Navy Diving Unit Raising CSS Georgia Artifacts-- Part 2

The Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians will also be assisting to check the explosive shells brought up from the Georgia.

Preliminary dives on the ship in 2013 revealed that the wooden hull is completely gone, but the rest of the ship is still there./  Search has shown that the ship was not exactly a pleasant place to serve as several sets of leg irons were found.  Sailors were prone to desert as the ship never saw action and the resulting boredom, not to mention hot sun beating down on its iron sides and, of course, the horrible mosquitoes.

The wreck was discovered in 1968 during channel dredging and was listed on the NRHP in 1987.  A 65-square-foot section of the armor has already been retrieved in 2013.  They know that a huge 73-foot-by-24-foot-wide section is still at the bottom which will require quite a bit of effort to raise.

The government has set aside $14.2 million to raise what is left of the CSS Georgia.

--Old B-IronRunner

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