SEARCH investigated the fire-ravaged armor-clad stern of CSS Jackson, currently housed at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia. Together with Terra Mare Conservation, SEARCH systematically disassembled and documented the fantail to “reverse construct” it and learn the secrets of the Civil War gunboat’s construction.
Archaeological research and photogrammetric modeling have served as the basis for professional papers and an upcoming virtual tour.
“Artifacts as complex as ships often have many stories to tell. CSS Jackson’s story is yet another example of often uncredited, exceptional architects and builders like Horace King. Slowly taking the crumbling and charred timbers apart was an emotional and powerful experience. I felt as if he was almost looking over our shoulders as we marveled at his skill.”
Dr. James P. Delgado, Senior Vice President, SEARCH, Inc.