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PHOTO: LEFT, KIDS WANNA HELP; RIGH T, THE U.S. ARM Y CORPS OF ENGINEERS
official type of watercraft. The
others are Maryland (skipjack), Virginia
(Chesapeake Bay deadrise), and North
Carolina (shad boat). A handful of other
states designate a specific state vessel,
usually “tall ships” such as Californian, a
schooner sailing out of San Diego.
REBEL SHIP CONFOUNDS FEDERALS
ACONFEDERATE NAVY GUNBOAT that never fired a shot is now shooting back at the U.S. Army, by lying in the way of a $653-million channel-deepening project for the Port of Savannah, Georgia. Built in 1862 with money raised by the Ladies
Gunboat Association in her namesake state, the CSS Georgia was nothing but trouble for the
Confederates. In fact, the ironclad vessel was described later that year as “a splendid failure,” and had to keep its pumps working 24 hours a day to stay afloat. In 1864, as General
Sherman marched on Savannah, the Georgia was scuttled to prevent it from falling into Union
hands. Although the gunboat never
saw combat, its sponsoring ladies
may take some solace in the fact that
their creation is causing headaches for
the Union some 150 years later.
The wreck, which is listed on the
National Historic Register, lies on the
bottom of the Savannah River near
Fort Jackson on the Georgia side of
the river. That puts it in the way of the
major multimillion-dollar channel-deepening project that would allow the Port of Savannah
to attract the new, larger ships soon to be coming through the expanded Panama Canal.
Thus, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now must raise and preserve chunks of the Georgia.
The price tag for dealing with the wreck is estimated at $14 million and would include raising and restoring large pieces of the armor plating as well as smaller debris, including several
cannons. The Georgia is expected to rise again sometime in 2013. — C.L.