Pee Dee’s popguns

Built at the Mars Bluff Shipyard, along the Pee Dee River in South Carolina, it should be no surprise the 170-foot Macon-class shallow draft schooner-rigged steam gunboat constructed there in 1864 would be dubbed the CSS Pee Dee. The lightly armed Confederate warship was designed to carry two Brooke rifled cannons but also had her armament bolstered by a captured Union Dahlgren cannon.

CSS Pee Dee underway on the Pee Dee River, South Carolina, circa 1862-1865. Via Navsource

Hitting the water in April 1864, by the next March, she was scuttled in shallow water some 100 miles north of Georgetown S.C. to prevent her capture by the Union Navy.

Discovered in the silt in 2010, archaeologists from the University of South Carolina five years later raised all three of her cannons.

They have since been restored and earlier this month installed at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs building in Florence. The guns include a VII-inch Brooke double-banded rifle, 6.4-inch Brooke, and IX-inch Dahlgren smoothbore

Photos and captions from The Maritime Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina:

CSS Pee Dee Chocked, wrapped, and strapped for return to Florence.

“CSS Pee Dee’s guns Chocked, wrapped, and strapped for return to Florence.”

“Glenn Dutton, Long Bay Salvage, and Jim going over the game plan.”

Mounting VII-inch Brooke double-banded rifle onto its carriage CSS Pee Dee

“Mounting VII-inch Brooke double-banded rifle onto its carriage”

Close-up of tompion in the muzzle of the IX-in. Dahlgren smoothbore CSS Pee Dee

“Close-up of tompion in the muzzle of the IX-in. Dahlgren smoothbore”

Overall view of the three mounted CSS Pee Dee cannons located between the VA building and the cemetery.

“Overall view of the three mounted CSS Pee Dee cannons located between the VA building and the cemetery.”

Items recovered from the bore of the IX-inch Dahlgren smoothbore, clockwise wooden sabot, tin straps, fuse, and gasket CSS Pee Dee

“Items recovered from the bore of the IX-inch Dahlgren smoothbore, clockwise wooden sabot, tin straps, fuse, and gasket.”

According to MRD, “A public event to introduce the cannons is planned for later this summer. Many thanks to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, Long Bay Salvage, Florence County and Museum, CSS Pee Dee Research and Recovery Team, and Veterans Affairs for making the delivery process go smoothly and safely.”

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