Confederate shipwreck "in way of Savannah River dredging"News // May 8, 2012
The Post Courier reports that before government engineers can deepen one of the†busiest seaports in the US to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a US$14 million obstacle from the past Ė a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years.
Confederate troops scuttled the ironclad CSS Georgia to prevent its capture by General† William T Sherman when his Union troops took Savannah in December 1864. Itís been on the river bottom ever since.
Now, the Civil War shipwreck sits in the way of a government agencyís US$653 million plan to deepen the waterway that links the nationís fourth-busiest container port to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Post Courier said the shipís remains are considered so historically significant that dredging the river is prohibited within 50ft of the wreckage.