Civil War shipwreck recovered

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Photo: The CSS Georgia was captured in 1864

Media reports say that divers have recovered part of a Civil War shipwreck at the bottom of the Savannah River in Georgia, USA.

The Savannah Morning News reported that navy divers, working with salvage operators from the Army Corp of Engineers, lifted the 5,000lb section of the CSS Georgia during a test operation.

The removal of the shipwreck is part of a multi-million dollar plan to deepen the Savannah River channel. Savannah’s harbour is being deepened to accommodate supersize cargo ships coming through the expanded Panama Canal in 2014.

CSS Georgia was a 120 foot screw steamer built in 1862 to protect Savannah during the Civil War.

The vessel was anchored at the riverside at Fort Jackson as a floating gun battery but was destroyed before it was captured by Union troops when they took over the area in 1864. The wreck is still officially classed as a captured enemy vessel.

CSS Georgia was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 after a small scale recovery effort uncovered cannon and cannon balls.

Archaeologists want to put the warship’s artefacts on display in a museum in the future, but which institution will receive them is yet to be determined.