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 from the state’s underwater archeologist and the divers. Archaeologists and divers from the University of South Carolina and Eastern Carolina University (Greenville, N.C.) concluded their research at the site on June 18. Butler and Gragg were instrumental in locating two of three cannons from the gunboat C.S.S. Pee Dee and other artifacts from the Civil War era.

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