NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy is preparing to send one if its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River.
The 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in 1864. Today, it's considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy.
The shipwreck is being removed as part of a $703 million project to deepen the river channel so larger cargo ships can reach the Port of Savannah.
Virginia Beach-based Navy divers are scheduled to arrive at the site near downtown Savannah on June 1. Among other things, they'll remove the ship's weapons, steam engine components and armor.