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A00925 - Whitworth Bolt From Blockade Runner

Item Number: A00925

Item Title: Whitworth Bolt From Blockade Runner

Price: $625

Shipping: Not included

Provenance:

Type: Whitworth Bolt

Size: 2.75 Inch (12 Pounder)

Sabot: None - Shell Cast With Rifling

Fuse: N/A

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 329
Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page 82 A-14

Location Recovered: Modern Greece Blockade Runner

Description:This shell is a 12 pounder solid bolt for use in the legendary Whitworth rifle. It was manufactured in Britain and sold to the Confederacy. These projectiles and unparalleled range and accuracy. Much like the shoulder arms of the same they were the most desirable tool to take into battle.

The provenance shows this to be one of a number seen as salvaged from the blockage runner "The Modern Greece". More on the ship can be found at:
https://www.ncpedia.org/modern-greece
http://www.virginiarelics.com/information/modern-greece/
Interesting videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mdT8SKWWNA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOxF_4w08pw
In short the ship was sunk just north of Fort Fisher while trying to run the blockage. Some items were recovered during the war but much of it laid there until 1962 until it was discovered again as you can see in the links above.

The shells that have come from that ship always show iron corrosion from the salt water. But given the interesting history behind them they still are desirable. Some past owner has taken this one and applied some form of filler to bring he surface back to a smooth form. Whomever did this one did an excellent job. In fact the last owner did not know it was worked on; he just thought it was in great condition. So if you don't mind the surface being worked you can get a very historic shell that looks mint for about half the price of a mint one.



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