Posts belonging to Category 'Naval'

Civil War ironclads to battle on Mobile Bay

With replicas of Civil War ironclads dueling offshore, a night firing by large cannons overlooking the water and more participants than in many years, organizers expect this weekend’s re-
enactment of the Battle of Mobile Bay at Fort Morgan should be an exciting part of Baldwin County’s bicentennial celebration.
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‘Admirals’ tells of Lincoln’s war at sea

Today, about 57 years after T. Harry Williams published his landmark study of Civil War command and strategy, “Lincoln and His Generals” (1952), the U.S. Navy gets similar recognition for what it accomplished during the Civil War
Craig L. Symonds puts northern admiralship center stage with his latest book, “Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the [...]

Divers, historians, archaeologist present findings from Mars Bluff site

Archaeologist Chris Amer, diver Bob Butler and historian Ted Gragg fielded questions from the audience about the history associated with the Mars Bluff Naval Yard on the Marion County side of the Great Pee Dee River.
A group of a few more than 50 area residents gathered in Marion’s Opera House on June 16 to hear [...]

Divers to survey Civil War ironclad off NC coast

Divers plan to survey the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast this week with high-definition cameras to look for deterioration in the nearly 150-year-old underwater wreckage.
Expedition organizers are hoping for good weather so divers can make maximum dives into the 230-foot-deep waters some 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, Jeff Johnston of [...]

Artifacts from CSS Pee Dee are on display in Conway

The Horry County Museum has a display of artifacts recovered from the sunken CSS Pee Dee.
The Pee Dee was a 150-foot Macon class gunboat outfitted with two Brookes rifled cannon and a Union Dahlgren cannon that was launched in January 1865 from its Mars Bluff Navy Yard on the Great Pee Dee River in Marion [...]

Accident on Mississippi that killed 1,800 little remembered

The sinking of the Titanic was not the worst maritime disaster in American history, U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, told fellow U.S. House members Monday.
That distinction belongs to the sinking of the paddle-wheeled steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River near Memphis on April 27, 1865, Snyder said. His speech, posted on YouTube, was in [...]

NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council Seat

NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill one seat on its advisory council, which ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.
The sanctuary is accepting applications for the advisory council seat representing North Carolina maritime museums. One primary member will be selected for the seat.
The Monitor Sanctuary Advisory [...]

Civil War era shipwreck discovered during search for Ike debris

Like a toy surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks – er, slightly water-logged Cracker Jacks, that is – a Civil War era shipwreck turned up among Hurricane Ike debris.
The discovery, thought to be previously uncharted, was made by crews last week scanning the bays around Galveston to chart debris.
While the find came as a [...]

Civil War enthusiasts commemorate the 145th anniversary of the sinking of the H.L. Hunley

Tuesday marked the 145th anniversary of the night the H.L. Hunley submarine attacked and sank the Union war ship U.S.S Housatonic.
Thirteen men lost their lives that night in 1864: eight from the Hunley and five from the Housatonic.
“They thought they saw a big fish, a dolphin,” said Civil War reenactor Jan Stewart. “And by the [...]

Sub’s fate is a cold case: Hunley closely guards it secrets

 It could be one of the nation’s oldest cold case files: What happened to eight Confederate sailors aboard the CSS H.L. Hunley after it became the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship?
Their hand-cranked sub rammed a spar with black powder into the blockade ship USS Housatonic off Charleston on a chilly winter [...]