Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fort Fisher, Mars Bluff Navy Yard and the CSS Pee Dee

From the April 12, 2011 SC Now "Museum owner recalls discovering Civil War ship" by Mason Snyder. An interesting video accompanies the article.

This article combines three items that have been heavily covered on this blog, Fort Fisher, the Navy Yard and the CSS Pee Dee.

Ted Gragg grew up by Fort Fisher (lucky dog), only two houses away and pretty much had the fort to himself much of the time. He became interested in the Civil War and his boyhood hobby became his life-long interest and led to a job in archaeology. (Sounds a lot like me, only he got to live by Fort Fisher. I've always been way far away.)

He spent 17 years looking for the CSS Pee Dee, a Macon-class Confederate gunboat launched at Mars Bluff Navy Uard on the Great Pee Dee River in Marion County.

It was destroyed near the end of the war. In 1992, Gragg and a team found the remains and located many artifacts which led to his opening his museum to display them.

See them at the South Carolina Civil War Museum at 4857 US-17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC, open 9 am to 8 pm Mon-Sat, admission for adults $4.

Looks like I'll have a place to go next time I'm doing my Beach Music Thing there.

Living the Good Life. --Old B-Runner

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