SAVANNAH, Ga. — An elite Navy dive team is to arrive in Savannah to help salvage a sunken Confederate warship.
WTOC-TV reports the Mobile Diving and Salvage Company, based in Virginia Beach, is to arrive Monday. The CSS Georgia sunk in the Savannah River near the end of the Civil War.
The removal of the 1,200-ton ironclad warship is part of a project to deepen the Savannah River channel.
The television station reports dangerous conditions caused by fast-moving waters mean divers only go under during a small window between low and high tides.
The divers plan to recover wreckage in the following categories: forward and aft armor casements; engine remnants such as boilers, shafts and propellers; four cannons; and live ordnance.
The recovery is expected to take just under two months.