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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blockade Runner Bendigo

The wreck of the Civil War blockade runner Bendigo is now partially above water at low tide. So we went out to see it. 
It seems that it's commonly misidentified as the USS Iron Age. But the Iron Age is a screw-propelled (propeller) steam engine and this wreck is definitely a paddlewheel steamer. Which is consistent with the Bendigo. The Iron Age is out there somewhere though. It ran aground trying to salvage the Bendigo. 
You can read the reports from Captain Edward E. Stone and the other navy ships involved in the "Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy with an Appendix Containing Reports from Officers December, 1864" in Google books:


Also, I got stung by a jellyfish.


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