Charlotte Fire Department helps search Civil War shipwreck

The Charlotte Fire Department is providing help in the search of a Civil War-era shipwreck found off Oak Island thought to be a blockade runner.

The state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources said in a release Monday that the fire department has arranged for a sophisticated 3D soar device to help confirm the ship’s identity.

The ship is thought to be the Agnes E. Fry, one of three Civil War shipwrecks in the area.

The shipwreck was found in late February and appears to be the right size and location to be the Agnes Fry. The other two ships that went down in the area are shorter and were of an earlier design.

Deputy State Archaeologist Billy Ray Morris said the equipment will be used by divers next week.

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