Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Latest photos show more weaponry, crew items from scuttled CSS Georgia

Nautical tackle used to move objects

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers are recovering and rendering safe nearly 70 pieces of ordnance that settled in the Savannah River after a Confederate ironclad was scuttled by its crew in December 1864.

It’s the latest phase in the operation to remove the CSS Georgia from the channel during the harbor deepening in Savannah. For months, divers have been bringing smaller artifacts to the surface, providing an insight into how the vessel operated and the crew lived amid cramped quarters.

These photographs were taken in June by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jeremy S. Buddemeir and Chelsea G. Smith.

Bottle and bottle top
Experts will try to determine origin of pottery
Thrust block protected propeller shaft
Solid bolt projectile that would have been fired from cannon
Roller hand spike used to reposition cannon after firing

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