You might have heard of the discovery of what is believed to be a Confederate blockade runner off Cape Fear. This article notes that the Agnes E. Fry was one of the blockade runners lost in this area. This ship was commanded by the stalwart Captain Joseph Fry, for whom this blog has dedicated two articles. Let us hope that this ship is indeed the one commanded by Fry.
Sidescan view of the shipwreck discovered in late February near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Image via North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
You’ve probably heard by now that nautical archaeologists in North Carolina have discovered the remains of a large, iron-hulled vessel (above) off the mouth of the Cape Fear River, near Fort Caswell. They believe it’s a blockade runner, and know of three that were lost in that general area. One article, passed along by my colleague Ed Cotham, says they’re leaning toward the ship’s identity as being the steamer Agnes E. Fry, a 559-ton sidewheel steamer wrecked on December 27, 1864.
If this is the wreck of Agnes E. Fry, there’s quite a story behind the ship. She was built by Caird & Company at Greenock, and launched in 1864. She was a large vessel, 237 feet long by 25 feet…
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