Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Divers Facing Challenges in CSS Georgia Salvage-- Part 1

From the July 6, 2015, Navy Times by Lance M. Bacon.

The team of Navy divers operating at the wreck of the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia has dredged up an even bigger challenge than expected.

Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 23 deployed June 22 to Savannah, Georgia, to free the ship from the bottom of the Savannah River.  That was about there weeks later than originally planned, a delay caused when the Explosive Safety Survey conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers found more unexploded ordnance than expected.

Lt. Liza Dougherty, spokeswoman for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 said: "The number of projectiles to be recovered and inerted (defused) has significantly increased from six to 72.  The Naval History and Heritage Command desires to conserve as many of these items as possible due to their rarity and intrinsic historical value."

--Old B-R'er

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