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    NORFOLK, Va. The Navy is preparing to send one if its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River.
    Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in December 1864. Today, it's considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy.
    The shipwreck is being removed as part of a $703 million project to deepen the river channel so larger cargo ships can reach the Port of Savannah. Before the harbor can be deepened, the CSS Georgia has to be raised.
    After years of planning, archaeologists began tagging and recording the locations of thousands of pieces from the shipwreck in January. They've been able to bring smaller artifacts to the surface, but the Navy is being called in to raise the 120-foot-long ship's larger sections and weapons. Navy divers are scheduled to arrive at the site near downtown Savannah about 100 yards from the shore on June 1.
    The Navy divers assigned to the project are from the same unit that's had some of the military's highest profile salvage operations. That includes the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, TWA Flight 800, Swiss Air Flight 111, as well as the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/24...hip-artifacts/
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    Today, it's considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy.
    Captured?
    A bit of a stretch, but hey, whatever. Just as long as they try to salvage something worth looking at.

    Heh, somebody call Clive Cussler.
    "Why is the Rum gone?"

    -Captain Jack

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    • #3
      How much is the scrap worth?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
        Captured?
        A bit of a stretch, but hey, whatever. Just as long as they try to salvage something worth looking at.

        Heh, somebody call Clive Cussler.
        I'm surprised Cussler isn't at the forefront of this one. He's passionate about saving this part of naval history as much as possible.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
          How much is the scrap worth?
          About as much as your car, probably. Out here in Feedbag, Colorado steel scrap is bringing about $120 - 130 a ton right now, a lot lower than usual, and this stuff isn't even good quality steel, hence the term "ironclad". Why...want to trade?
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
            About as much as your car, probably. Out here in Feedbag, Colorado steel scrap is bringing about $120 - 130 a ton right now, a lot lower than usual, and this stuff isn't even good quality steel, hence the term "ironclad". Why...want to trade?
            Confederate Clunkers for Cash?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
              Confederate Clunkers for Cash?
              Why not? We've already got Redneck Rustbuckets For Recycle...
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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