Fort Fisher

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Navy Divers Prep to Raise the CSS Georgia-- Part 4

No photos or original plans for the CSS Georgia exist (despite the recent knowledge that the one suspected photo was a hoax).  Contemporary drawings and recollections put it at 160 feet, 55 feet beam, 10 foot draft and a single smokestack..  It had a double layer of interlocked railroad iron.  It weighed more than 1,500 tons and had over 15 inches of solid timber backing the iron and was covered with cement-filled iron filings.

The ship's casemate was at a 45-degree slope.

It was scuttled December 20, 1864 to avoid capture by Sherman's troops.

Its wreckage was inadvertently discovered in 1968 and the Navy retrieved a 64-square-foot section of it November 12, 2013.  Further analysis of that section showed that part of the ship could be retrieved.

I haven't heard anything more about its raising, probably buried under all the flag controversy.  Hope things are progressing, though.

Raising History.  --Old B-R'er

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