Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Looking for Remnants of the CSS Neuse Back in 2014

From the March 6, 2014, Beach Carolina Magazine "Search for Remnants of Confederate Ironclad CSS Neuse Begins This Monday" by Michael Black.

Monday, march 10, at 10 a.m., the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' State Underwater Archaeology team will be in the Neuse River in Kinston searching for artifacts from the CSS Neuse using the latest high resolution technology.

The 23-foot boat R/V Snapdragon II will be operating between the King and the Queen street bridges for about five hours.

The river is currently high enough due to spring flood depth.  Side Scan Sonar, a magnetometer and differential GPS will be used.

The CSS Neuse was underwater from 1865 to the 1960s.  Several attempts at raising the hull took place in 1964 and it was finally taken out of its namesake river and brought to a site at the Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston where it remained until the last few years when it was brought inside.

It is the understanding of the researchers that there are still sections of the ship in the river.

--Old B-Runner


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