The blockade runner Condor was attempting to run into the Cape Fear River with her cargo and Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow when it ran aground off Fort Fisher and was wrecked on October 1, 1864.
The ship was 218 feet long and the wreck is 25 feet down about 700 yards off the beach in front of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It has been fully mapped and divers can find its full lower hull, engines, paddle wheels and boilers.
Buoys will mark the site along with mooring lines for boats and kayaks. Divers will be able to dive the wreck from June to November.
Interested persons can learn the ship's history and see artifacts at the Fort Fisher Museum. There is a replica of the Condor's engine room in one of the tanks at the Fort Fisher Aquarium.
I Don't Know. Some Big Ol' Sharks Out There. --Old B-Runner