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Bell From Confederate Ironclad Back In Eastern Carolina

A bell from the Confederate warship Albemarle is back in North Carolina for a 10-year stay.

The bell arrived Wednesday at the Port O' Plymouth Museum in Plymouth. It came from the Worcester Historical Museum in Massachusetts, where the bell had been since April for the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war.

Museum curator Harry Thompson says the bell came from a church and was about three times larger than the typical ship's bell of the time.

The Albemarle sank in the Roanoke River muck in 1864 after the Union shoved a torpedo into its bow, ending its six-month campaign against the Union blockade in the Albemarle Sound.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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