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Shipbuilding Saturday/Free Day
On October 17, 1862, the Confederate Navy Department awarded a contract to the ship building firm of Howard & Ellis of New Bern, North Carolina, to construct an ironclad warship to protect the Neuse River. However, since New Bern had been occupied by Union forces since March of 1862, the firm had to construct the ship much further inland, near modern day Seven Springs, NC. In honor of that anniversary, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is hosting “Shipbuilding Saturday” on Saturday, October 21, 2017. We will have one presentation in our A/V room on ship building techniques of the 19th century by Paul Fontenoy of the Maritime Museum. Danny Nye will be on hand to actually demonstrate some of those techniques like caulking a ship’s hull. Mr. Gene Oakley will have several working steam engine models to illustrate how important steam power was in constructing and operating ships in the 1860’s. We will conduct hands on children’s programs, lay out our teaching collection of some original artifacts off the ship that visitors can touch and hold, and they will also demonstrate how rope was made. $2.00 fee for ironclad craft. FREE Admission. Donations appreciated!