People began looking for the cannons back in the 1920s. Other efforts made in the 1950s and 1980s.
In the 1990s, two were found, and the third one, the 6.4-inch Brooke rifle was found in 2012. With the locations of all three known, a move to recover all three at once got underway. The CSS Pee Dee Research and Recovery Team was organized to raise money and promote the effort.
Member Ted Gragg related: "In 1992 we were looking seriously for the site of the Pee Dee and whatever we could find, because really and truly it had been lost.
"My daughter was home from the university and I'd taken her and her boyfriend out on a hike and we'd decided to cut out way from the bridge looking for things. We sat down to rest and uncovered the skiff from the warship. Then we found the seven-inch ball and one thing led to another. We contacted the state two months later and showed them the artifacts."
I'm wondering if Ted Gragg is related to the Rod Gragg who wrote the first book on Fort Fisher "Confederate Goliath; Fort Fisher."