Sunday, November 17, 2013

Photos of the CSS Georgia piece recovered from the murky Savannah River

Exultant workers lift a piece of the CSS Georgia from Savannah River
Barge used in Nov. 12 recovery (USACE Savannah photos)
Coast Guard vessels keep watch near Old Fort Jackson
Navy divers used helmets with lights to see through darkness
5,000-pound piece of iron from CSS Georgia casemate
The moment had long been anticipated: A section of the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia was lifted by U.S. Navy divers just a couple miles east of the famed River Street in Savannah, Ga. Archaeologists want to analyze this section before proceeding with the removal of the rest of the shipwreck as part of the deepening of the shipping channel. The CSS Georgia was scuttled in late December 1864, just a day before Union forces took the port city. These photos are courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District.  • More details

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