Joe, we of the CSS
> Pedee Research & Recovery Team have recovered a half-dozen or so perfect
> examples of 6.5 and 7.0 inch Brooke Rifle shells from the riverine site of
> the Confederate Naval Yard on the Big Peedee River in S.C. All examples
> the 6.4 shells are marked on the upper bourlet with the codes Lt. R.O.M
> The bottom red-brass sabots of both sized shells are stamped BROOKE.
> as shipboard practice designated, we have recovered one fused 7" shell.
> fuse is of yellow brass, the safety pin was in place, and we unscrewed it
> from the shell by hand and have it on display in our museum, The Civil War
> Collection in Myrtle Beach. These shells had been off loaded from the CSS
> Pedee, a 170' wooden gunboat, prior to its being scuttled and blown up.
> shells were dumped both fore and aft with the heavy guns being shoved
> overboard in between the shells. All of them fell into soft blue clay
> over the years was sealed by shifting sand and logs that practically
> the artifacts from water. Each shell recovered held excellent examples of
> blackpowder and each shell was packed with tow. We had the powder run
> through spectro analysis and the process yielded excellent results as to
> composition makeup of Confederate Naval Powder. I wish that we had
> to remove the fuse in a proper laboratory so that we could have sampled
> air in the shell. Never-the-less, perhaps in your research, you may run
> across some infomation on the Pedee or the Marion Naval Station or Mars
> Bluff Naval Yard. Any shared information is always helpful. Ted L.
> Gragg/Conway, S.C.
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