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State archaeologists get higher-resolution images of Agnes E. Fry

State archaeologists now have more detailed sonar images to study of the Civil War blockade runner Agnes E. Fry. George Olsen has more.

State archaeologists discovered the Agnes E. Fry using side scanning sonar on February 27. They soon got an offer from the Charlotte Fire Department allowing them to use a digital sector scanning sonar to get higher resolution images of the ship which was lost during the Union campaign blockading the port of Wilmington during the Civil War. Deputy State Archaeologist Billy Ray Morris says the Charlotte Fire Department’s digital sonar “enabled us to detect objects not visible with the side scanning sonar” that was used to find the wreck. The images were produced last week. The scan will allow archaeologists to create a research plan for the shipwreck that is described as “well preserved.” I’m George Olsen.

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.