Scientists search for wreckage of Civil War ship





A South Carolina archaeologist says he'll begin exploring the wreckage of a Civil War-era ship submerged in the Charleston Harbor.

James Spirek will led a team Friday in search for the remains of the U.S.S. Patasco, a Union ironclad that was torpedoed and sank in 1865.

Friday's search is part of Spirek's efforts to create the first comprehensive historical map of the Charleston harbor bottom. The University of South Carolina archaeologist hopes to record everything from fortifications to sunken ships.


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