Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

North Carolina Shipwreck Could Be a Clyde-Built Ship-- Part 2: The Iona I

The Agnes E. Fry was an iron-hulled paddle steamer with two oscillating engines and was lost 27 December 1864, while under the command of Joseph Fry.  It was originally named the Fox, but was renamed by Fry for his wife when he took command after launching.

Also, work is being pursued now to better protect another Clyde-built blockade-runner, this one in Scottish waters.

The Iona I operated on a Glasgow to the Highlands passenger route before being purchased by Confederate agents for use as a blockade-runner.

It never reached the Confederacy as it was sunk in the Clyde River following a collision with another ship in 1862.  The wreck has been described as being in very good condition.

Earlier this year, the Scottish government proposed designating the site of the ship as a Marine Protected Area for its preservation.

--Old B-R'er

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