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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Navy Diving Unit to Raise Artifacts from the CSS Georgia-- Part 1

From the May 27, 2015 Naval History Blog "Year of the Military Diver: MDSU to Continue Raising the CSS Georgia/"

The old saying goes, "The South Will Rise Again."  Well, parts of the Old South anyway as Navy divers are preparing to bring up pieces of the CSS Georgia from the bottom of the Savannah River near that city.  Navy divers from the Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU-2) will be hard at work freeing parts of the ship from the murky, muddy water of the Savannah River channel.

They are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will be on site June 1st to July 20th as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion which will be making the channel deeper, from 42 to 47 feet.  Savannah is a major port for container ships, but would like to be able the even larger ones.  We saw a lot of them going up and down the river when we were there in late April.

They will be bring up the ship's iron armor, steam engine components and all four cannons which went down with the ship.  In addition, preliminary searching have revealed at least 50 projectiles.

--Old B-Runner

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