Students locate Civil War ship

Jun 24, 2005

Students at East Carolina University have located the remains of a U.S. warship that tried to wrest control of the Roanoke River from the Confederacy.

The USS Otsego was commissioned in the spring of 1864 and sank that December after striking a cluster of Confederate mines. The wreck was left on the river bottom and then pushed into a hole in the 1930s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Larry Babits, director of ECU's maritime program, told the Raleigh News & Observer student divers used sonar and metal detectors to search a 6-mile stretch of the river. Once the wreck was found, the students dived over and over again in the murky waters, reporting to others on top who were mapping the site.

Babits said the wreck is important because the other ships in its class were scrapped.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Archaeologists discover 1699 Captain Kidd Shipwreck

Dec 16, 2007

Resting in less than 10 feet of Caribbean seawater, the wreckage of Quedagh Merchant, the ship abandoned by the scandalous 17th century pirate Captain William Kidd as he raced to New York in an ill-fated attempt ...

Recommended for you

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

22 hours ago

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...

Study finds law dramatically curbing need for speed

Apr 18, 2014

Almost seven years have passed since Ontario's street-racing legislation hit the books and, according to one Western researcher, it has succeeded in putting the brakes on the number of convictions and, more importantly, injuries ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...

Making graphene in your kitchen

Graphene has been touted as a wonder material—the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.

Low tolerance for pain? The reason may be in your genes

Researchers may have identified key genes linked to why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual ...

How to keep your fitness goals on track

(HealthDay)—The New Year's resolutions many made to get fit have stalled by now. And one expert thinks that's because many people set their goals too high.