Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Likely Remains Blockade-Runner Found Off Wilmington, N.C.-- Part 1

From the March 7, 2016, HuffPost Science "Rare Civil War-Era Shipwreck Discovered Off North Carolina Coast" by David Freeman.

This is a big story in a whole lot of venues.

There is a very good sonar image of the shipwreck accompanying the article.

On February 27, 2016, marine archaeologists discovered the shipwreck and made the announcement March 7th.  John W. "Billy Ray" Morris, director of the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch and leader of a team on the research vessel Atlantic Surveyor made the announcement.

This is the first Civil War-era vessel wreck found in the area in decades and, from the images appears to be that of a blockade-runner.  Blockade-runners were the "cigarette boats of their era" designed specifically to made the dangerous run through the Union blockade.

An Exciting Find.  --Old B-Runner

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