Rare Civil War-Era Shipwreck Discovered off the Coast of North Carolina

Marine archaeologists have discovered a large iron-hulled steamer near North Carolina’s Oak Island. The decaying wreck has yet to be identified, but it’s the first Civil War-era vessel to be discovered in the region in decades.

It doesn’t look like much, but this ship has been lying at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for the past 150 years. Experts believe the ship was one of three blockade runners used by the South to penetrate the wall of Union naval vessels blocking the port of Wilmington during the war. The researchers are currently trying to identify the vessel; according to historical accounts, three blockade runners were lost in the area, theAgnes E. Fry, Spunkie and Georgianna McCaw.

“A new runner is a really big deal,” noted Billy Ray Morris of South Eastern Archaeological Services (SEAS) in an emailed statement. “The state of preservation on this wreck is among the best we’ve ever had.”

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