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Wreckage of Civil War ship to be NC's 1st heritage dive site

Posted June 16

Condor, a Civil War blockade runner, was carrying the famous Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow when on its maiden voyage it ran aground near Fort Fisher.

— North Carolina is opening its first heritage dive site, a Civil War blockade runner located off the coast at Fort Fisher.

The dive site in the Condor will open Friday and will provide the opportunity to explore what's described as one of the best-preserved shipwrecks on the North Carolina coast. The dedication will be held at the Fort Fisher Historic Site in Kure Beach.

The Condor ran aground and was lost on the night of Oct. 1, 1864, as it steamed through the cordon of Union naval vessels blockading the port of Wilmington.

The 218-foot-long wreckage rests in 25 feet of water about 700 yards off the beach in front of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

The site will be open for divers from June through November.


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  • Lamario Kelly Jun 16, 6:45 p.m.
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    Such a shame with those bigoted remarks. I'm black and I'm not a fan of Rev. Barber.

  • William Sherman Jun 16, 3:05 p.m.
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    When word gets out about this--Mr. Barber will be whistling up his flock of appropriately offended, saddened and shocked followers who will organize the obligatory protest march demanding that the remains of the ship be gathered up in the dark of night and relocated to someplace deep in the Amazone jungle.

  • Larry Wiandt Jun 16, 12:56 p.m.
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    Wait, shouldn't that be destroyed in the middle of the night like the other references to the Confederate States?