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NEW INFO: CSS Neuse Salvage Plans Delayed Again

People hoping the third time would be the charm to try to salvage remnants of the CSS Neuse in Kinston are disappointed once again.

Tuesday's plans to search for ship remnants in the Neuse River were called off because the trailer of the search boat broke.

Part of the ironclad ship is already on display in downtown Kinston, but historians said more of it remains on the riverbed. Crews had planned to use modern side sonar and a GPS.

"It's very significant because this is the only commissioned Confederate ironclad left from the Civil War," said Site Manager Matthew Young. "We know there are sections of the ship still in the river... there may be pieces of iron plate, a propeller, or even an anchor still in the river."

The CSS Neuse was originally launched in 1864, intent on sailing to New Bern, when it ran aground on a sandbar.

The boat's crew blew it up to prevent Union soldiers from capturing it.

The ship was pulled from the river in 1963.

Organizers of Tuesday's cancelled search say they will try to reschedule it for sometime after July 1.


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