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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  • by 258 on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    I'm glad they are moving it out of the slums where the flag can fly high, dry and proud. As far as the poor goes, we shovel too much money to them already. Main reason why you are STILL poor. They think the tax payers owe them MORE!! Give me, give me, give me. Can't give them enough. Never happy, never satisfied.
  • by ECU mom Location: Kinston on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    To : Once again. I do donate through United Way to homeless shelters, elderly, and yes even the SPCA. I also have two children and a husband who do the same thing. When is the last time you donated anything except for an idiotic comment?
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      by LOL on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM in reply to ECU mom
      DOLT !
  • by enc on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    I love it when something good happens in kinston, all the kids come out complaining just because they don't care about their heritage. It's good to see the boat finally preserved the way it should be.
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      by Boat ? on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM in reply to enc
      You mean ..piece or two of wood? lol
  • by Joe Joe Location: Finally on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    I know Bill R. is happy for this day. From helping the ironclad being raised from the river, and it's 2nd move since being placed beside the river in the open, It's final resting spot for many to see in the future. Great job everyone who had their hand in this. It is ashame that we don't still have the Albemarle. The sister ironclad that did some damage to the Union fleet before being sunk in port by Cushions. The yanks raised her and took her up north.... where she over time dissappeared...the only thing left is her Bell.....Which was back in NC,,,"on loan"....thanks
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    In response to Scott and Ralphie. Scott, you may want to attend ECU...it might help with your grammar and spelling. To Ralphie: I have a post graduate degree that I earned from Wake Forest and currently bring home a six figure annual salary. PS Scott....Europe wasn't that nice the last time I went there. You boys have a wonderful day!
  • by ECU mom Location: Kinston on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    You're kidding me....right? We have elderly and poor in Kinston that can't afford their ridiculously high electric bills and not enough money to buy food and medicine; however, the "good ole' boys" can afford to pay for a building to keep a piece of rotten wooden history dry?! Give me a break!
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      by ralphie on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to ECU mom
      your name...is it complete? Should it say ECUmomonwelfare?
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      by Scott on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:09 AM in reply to ECU mom
      This is ALL done by private donations. If you would like to spend your hard earned money buying food and medicine for the poor, by all means go ahead. Thats your busniess. Dont fret on how other people spend their money. You are always welcome to move to russia or eastern europe. You will fit right in to their ideaologies there! Give ME a break!
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        by What a joke on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:52 AM in reply to Scott
        I agree with ECU mom personally. IF I were fortunate enough to have "donation" money it would INDEED go to the "poor" as you put it Scott, not some hunk of rotten wood. Of course then I wouldn't be able to stand around and thumb my nose as I drank champagne and hob nobbed with the big boys then though would I ? Seems to me YOUR priorities are all out of whack. Oh and I love the way you immediately jumped to the conclusion this lady is on welfare...hmmm, I bet I know your last name.
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        by g on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:01 AM in reply to Scott
        Scott "This is ALL done by private donations" (free press 05/31/07) The state Senate, by a 47-2 vote, gave its initial approval to a $20 billion budget that includes $500,000 earmarked for the ship, which rests in Kinston. The Lenoir County Board of Commissioners earlier this year voted to give $15,000 to the CSS Neuse Gunboat Association to help pay for the demolition of two buildings on Queen Street next to the museum and construction cost of another structure. State Rep. Van Braxton, D-Lenoir, earlier this month said that city, county and cultural resources have put in $1 million toward the project. (newburnsj 11/15/03) Backers of moving the Confederate gunboat to downtown Kinston learned Thursday they'll be getting a $100,000 grant from the Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation. This was a quick google search maybe WITN can give us a break down of public and private funding for the move.
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      by Russ on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:04 AM in reply to ECU mom
      Please explain and justify why they are poor.
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        by Wellllllll on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:00 AM in reply to Russ
        I think she did...."high light bills" is one reason.
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          by Russ on Mar 9, 2012 at 01:37 PM in reply to Wellllllll
          Get rid of the cellphone, and shut the front door.
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      by Joe Joe on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:33 AM in reply to ECU mom
      ECU Mom. gee... I went to ECU, and I am smart eneough to know that private funding did this. You must have missed the class "Keep your mouth closed until you know what your talking about" Real smart comment Mom....but don't tell your kids...
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      by pay for everyone!!! on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:51 AM in reply to ECU mom
      You see all these young people today riding around in cars with $2000 rims and buying $250 sneakers. Guess we all need to be saving so we can pay for them in 45 years when they are elderly and poor as well because they are not saving for themselves now right?
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      by Once Again on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:57 AM in reply to ECU mom
      Being that you are a "ECU MOM".....How bout donate some of your money to the elderly and poor and don't worry bout what real Americans are donig to preserve our HISTORY!!! Have a good day!!
  • by StonewallJacksen Location: Kinston on Mar 9, 2012 at 03:04 AM
    This is great for Kinston...great for Lenoir County...and even better for the old ironclad. It's been a long time coming and welcomed by many. In her new climate controlled home along with a museum nothing could be more fitting to bring light to eastern North Carolina history.
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      by Pffff ! on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:54 AM in reply to StonewallJacksen
      NOT !
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