Posts belonging to Category 'Naval'

Rebels in the deeper south

IT SOUNDS like the far-fetched plot to a swashbuckling pirate movie, but the tale of the CSS Shenandoah’s visit to Melbourne in 1865 is not even ”based on a true story”, as they say in Hollywood. It happened.
The Confederate ship created a storm when it sailed into Melbourne for repairs in 1865 towards the end [...]

Restoration efforts on Civil War steam engine progressing

Reporting from Newport News, Va. — When archaeologists and Navy divers recovered the warship Monitor’s steam engine from the Atlantic in 2001, the pioneering Civil War propulsion unit was enshrouded in a thick layer of marine concretion.
Sand, mud and corrosion combined with minerals in the deep waters off Cape Hatteras, N.C., to cloak every feature [...]

History: Bermuda and the Blockade Runners

April, 2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of the Federal Army’s Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina — initiating the devastating American Civil War (1861-65) and turning Bermuda into a mid-Atlantic front in the bloodiest conflict in US history.
The island can likely anticipate some cultural tourism starting next year as Americans hold somber, nationwide observations to [...]

Local Author Has Book On Civil War River Battles

Myron J. “Jack” Smith, Jr., director of Tusculum College’s Thomas J. Garland Library, is a prolific author, especially of detailed works on the Civil War and other aspects of American history.
Believe it or not, Smith has just completed his 80th book. His first was published in 1972.
His latest book is entitled, “Tinclads in the Civil [...]

Richard Curland: Norwich boy grew up to run massive company, help build USS Monitor

A former Norwich boy had an impact on the construction of the USS Monitor, an  ironclad ship built for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.
Erastus Corning was born in Norwich Dec. 14, 1794, and lived here for 13 years.  As a young teenager, he moved to Troy, N.Y., to work at his uncle’s hardware [...]

Explorers find Civil War-era wreck in Lake Ontario

A Civil War-era schooner loaded with corn collided with another commercial vessel during a blinding snowstorm in 1862 and sank in minutes into the dark depths of Lake Ontario.
Two shipwreck explorers chanced upon the 119-foot-long C. Reeve while conducting underwater surveys this summer a few miles off the lake’s southern shore west of Rochester.

Hunley Made History During Civil War

The Civil War has been called the first modern war.
Nowhere was that more evident than at the Averasboro Battlefield Museum this weekend during another of the museum’s famous living history exhibitions, this one featuring a fullsized replica of the Confederate submarine the CSS H.L. Hunley.
Hosted by the Averasboro Battlefield Commission, the event also featured re-enactors [...]

Citrus, Marion county divers to help find old shipwrecks

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), Hernando Past and Southeastern Archaeological Services invite the public to Bayport Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday to watch archaeologists, FPAN staff and volunteer divers record possible shipwrecks located during recent remote sensing surveys.
Bayport was the site of two brief engagements between Confederate land troops and [...]

NC officials ID Civil War ship that burned at sea

North Carolina officials say they have identified a Civil War shipwreck that burned at sea more than 145 years ago.
The state Underwater Archaeology Branch said Monday that a silver-plated spoon inscribed with the name of a crew member from the CSS Appomattox confirmed the ship’s identity.
A four-member diving team discovered the shipwreck in August 2007 [...]

Letters illuminate first search for the Hunley

In the fall of 1864, a U.S. Navy officer serving in the blockade of Charleston set out on a quest that would consume some men for more than a century.
He wanted to find the H.L. Hunley.
William L. Churchill, executive officer on a gunboat and a diver with much interest in submarine technology, had volunteered to [...]