Did you know that the SS Georgiana was destroyed in 1863? The SS Georgiana was rumored to be the most powerful steamship built for the Confederate States Navy. However, the SS Georgiana never sailed as a warship. On the night of March 19, 1863, Union Navy ships spotted the SS Georgiana trying to sneak past the naval blockade. When the ship was heavily damaged and could not evade capture, the captain or the SS Georgiana ordered the crew to beach, or crash, the ship into too-shallow water. Exactly 102 years later, on March 19, 1965, E. Lee Spence discovered the wreck of the Georgiana off the coast of South Carolina.
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The SS Georgiana was built in Glasgow, Scotland and was supposed to quickly sneak past the naval blockade around Charleston, South Carolina. The blockade ships that pursued the SS Georgiana came so close, the crew of the Georgiana could hear the commands being given on the other ships. After the SS Georgiana was scuttled, Lieutenant Commander John L. Davis ordered that the wreck be burned down to prevent the Confederates from salvaging the cargo from shore.
The SS Georgiana was a screw propelled steamship. The wreck of the Mary Bowery, a paddlewheel steamship, lies across the remains of the SS Georgiana. On August 31, 1864, while trying to run and evade the blockade around Charleston, South Carolina, the Mary Bowery struck the wreck of the SS Georgiana and also sank.
E. Lee Spence received the first salvage license in 1967. He was able to recover hundreds of thousands of artifacts.
The wreck of the SS Georgiana and Mary Bowery still lie in very shallow water. The boiler of the SS Georgiana is only 5 feet under the surface of the water. Divers can explore the hold of the Georgiana, which is heavy encrusted with sea life and a habitat for sea bass, grouper, stingrays, sea horses, living corals, and more.