I should get back to work on the North Carolina Squadron by this fall. I just retired the first of this month and am finishing up the research on the privateer period through the battle of Hatteras Inlet. There will be some interesting info on the Winslow's prizes included.
We found a likely target yesterday in about the same location we got readings on with a magnetometer 2 years ago. It is about the right length and there appears to be a round structure laying beside it; it may be a paddlewheel.
Baker Bros. salvaged the Sea Bird and Fanny in 1867. At that time, the superstructure was visible above water. Having a valuable iron hull, the Fanny was raised whole and carried back to Norfolk. I doubt the Sea Bird was raised whole because of the damage caused by the Commodore Perry's ramming.her. I suspect they removed the walking beam, the engine, the side-wheel shaft, and the boilers. The ammunition and the guns were removed in 1862.
Billy had photos of Patrick and James McCarrick. He gave me printouts. My friend Charles MCDonald is involved with Find-A-Grave and got someone to send me photos of the graves. I also have copies of the letters written by James and sent to the war office concerning their use of Patrick's papers. He includes a battle description in the two letters.
Mike Zatarga's new book The Battle of Roanoke Island (top) is out from The History Press..The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.
Jim Gaddis has a new book out as well. Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com as well as at a couple of bookstores in the Elizabeth City area:
Page After Page, Eliz. City, NC
Museum of the Albemarle
Robert Smith's book The History of Fort Ocracoke in Pamlico Sound from The History Press is currently available as well. The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.
It looks like there are a plenty of new reads for Civil War buffs in northeastern North Carolina!
From last summer
Lee Oxford's book is also for sale online, in area bookstores, and at local museums