Fort Fisher

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

USS Iron Age-- Part 4: The Iron Age Also Runs Aground and Is Destroyed


The USS Iron Age and Daylight were ordered to refloat the Bendigo on 9 January 1864.  On January 10, the Iron Age ran aground while attempting to do so.  Efforts to get the Iron Age off failed.

The ship was burned at 0400 11 January 11 and destroyed when one hour and 40 minutes later, the fire reached the magazine and the Iron Age exploded.

Several days later, locals rowed out to the Iron Age wreck and tried to recover anything of value.  Neil Holden of the famous family from the area (there is a Holden Beach by the inlet) recovered the Iron Age's captain's razor and it has been in the family ever since.

--Old B-R'er

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