Since it's built of wood, I thought I would introduce the group to a project
being constructed at the moment here in my hometown. It is a full scale
replica of a Civil War gunboat that was built here in the 1860's to fight
for the Confederacy. The remains of the original gunboat are also on display
here by the State. This new gunboat construction was started as a private
venture by locals. The idea is to promote Civil War tourism in the area, as
there were 2 battles here within a few miles of town. These battlefields are
also being preserved and promoted. In fact, I happen to live smack in the
middle of one of them. I've often found bullets and shrapnel just digging in
the yard for home projects.
The link is
Hope you find this interesting,
The boat is a full size replica, 136 feet in length, with a 37 foot beam. I
have a book that was published on the boat titled " C.S.S. Neuse, A Question
of Iron and Time." ISBN 0-86526-187-3, by Leslie S. Bright, William H.
Rowland, and James C. Bardon..
great - I went by to see the original about 20 years ago while on vacation -
the first year the place was closed and the next year when I came by it was
being renovated - but the guy working there took pity on me (I'm from
Florida and made a special detour from I-95 jus to see the Neuse) and let me
look around by myself.
Yeah, that's pretty cool!
It's a bit disappointing to me as a woodworker that there are no real
explanations for what is going on in the pictures though.
I can relate to how you feel about the thing rotting for lack of funds too.
We have a transportation museum hereabouts that is basically a cemetery for
old vehicles in various pathetic states of decay. Some few of the exhibits
are in good shape, but most of them are little more than a scrap heap.
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