Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Navy Divers Prep to Raise the CSS Georgia-- Part 2

Continued from June 20th.

The pieces of the ironclad CSS Georgia are in 30-50 foot deep water, relatively shallow for Navy divers, but some are buried in the muddy river bed.  Bottom work will be necessary with underwater jetting, vacuuming and pumping.

Some of the sections will need to be segmented as they are too large to be handled.  A variety of hydraulic tools will be used to separate them for later preservation.

The divers will operate in two-man teams, each working underwater for around 90 minutes.  It will be tough work requiring twice as much energy underwater as on land.  They will have 100-pound weights, muddy working conditions and strong currents.  In addition they will be right on the edge iof the shipping channel and there are a lot of really big container ships using the Savannah River.

--Old B-R'er

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