CSS Neuse Moving To New Location

Over 250 tons of history will soon make its way through the streets of Kinston.

The CSS Neuse, one of 22 ironclads commissioned by the Confederate Navy, is scheduled to move into a new building on Queen Street in about a month.

The ship is currently located outdoors at the CSS Neuse and Caswell Memorial on Vernon Avenue.

Morris Bass, assistant manager of the site, says the move is scheduled to happen during the week of April 16th. He says contractors specializing in moving heavy equipment will move the ironclad to an indoor memorial, which is being built right now near the intersection of Queen and Caswell Streets. Bass says the movers will place iron beams underneath the ship, jack it up and then attach wheels to the beams. He says the ship will travel the Highway 70 bypass into downtown Kinston by King Street.

Bass says it's still unclear whether the movers will move the ship all at once, or move it in three pieces.

The CSS Neuse steamed out of Kinston in 1864 to participate in an attack on New Bern, but ran aground. A year later, as Union forces approached Kinston, crew members burned the ship and it sunk. It was pulled out of the river in 1963.

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