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Archaeology teams again schedule search for CSS Neuse remnants

INTRO – The State Underwater Archeology Team will again try to get on the Neuse River in Kinston Tuesday (May 13)  to search for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.

The initial plan was to be on the Neuse two months ago to find out if any part of the CSS Neuse remains and is salvageable. But the survey was postponed once, twice and then indefinitely because of high river levels. Now, Deputy State Archaeologist John Morris says “the river is at the right depth” for planned research. The R/V Snap Dragon II will patrol the Neuse between the King Street and Queen Street bridges, using side-scan sonar and a magnetometer to look for anything that may be salvageable. The CSS Neuse was scuttled by its Confederate troops in 1865 and remained underwater until 1964 when most of the ship was salvaged. I’m George Olsen.

UPDATE -- The expedition has been cancelled because of the failure of brakes on the trailer that was to transport the R/V Snap Dragon II to Kinston. The expedition will not take place until July.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.