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January 20 2013

New view of Civil War shipwreck via 3-D sonar


GALVESTON, Texas The remains of the only U.S. Navy ship sunk in combat in the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War can now be seen in high-resolution, 3-D sonar images from the Gulf's murky depths.

The USS Hatteras images are being released this month to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the battle where the 210-foot ship was lost about 20 miles from Galveston.

They show previously unknown details like a paddle wheel, the stern and rudder and a shell hole that may have been among the ship's fatal wounds.

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