Video: Navy divers recover first of 4 remaining cannons

From left: Navy Diver 1st Class Spencer Puett of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 and Lt.j.g. Andrew Heckel of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6, pose behind the cannon they rigged for recovery. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Potts

From left: Navy Diver 1st Class Spencer Puett of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 and Lt.j.g. Andrew Heckel of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6, pose behind the cannon they rigged for recovery. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Potts

Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 raised the first of four remaining cannons from the CSS Georgia, July 15. (Click here to watch the three-minute video.)

This marked the first day the cannon, a “six-pounder,” which weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, has been above the river’s surface since the vessel was scuttled in 1864. The term six-pounder refers to the weight of the cannonball fired from the weapon.

Divers expect to begin recovery of the remaining three cannons this week and will continue to raise assorted machinery and sections of the armored “casemate” throughout the summer.

The overall recovery of the ironclad is the first phase in the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, or SHEP, which will deepen the river from 42 to 47 feet, extend its length by seven miles, widen three bends and add two meeting areas to better accommodate larger ships.

This video was produced and edited by Jeremy S. Buddemeier, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse A. Hyatt contributed reporting.

About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multimillion dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on Facebook.com/SavannahCorps
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