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for Tar Heel Junior Historian Vol. 11 Issue 3, Feb 1972
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A 1962 storm revealed the wreckage of Modern Greece, a Civil War blockade runner near Fort Fisher. Its discovery led to the inception of the state's underwater archaeology program - an effort coordinated between navy divers, the state's governor, and chief of naval operations. Thousands of artifacts were recovered from Modern Greece including: weapons, medical equipment, tableware, and other manufactured goods not available to the Confederacy.
Johnston Blakely was born in Ireland in 1781 but was brought to America less than two years later. He was raised in Wilmington, went to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and joined the United States Navy in 1800. He commanded several vessels in the Mediterranean, fighting a war to save American shipping against Barbary pirates. He disappeared in 1814 and the state, in a show of gratitude, adopted his daughter, Udney Maria.
During the War of 1812, Captain Otway Burns became a notorious privateer. He purchased the vessel Snap Dragon in New York and proceeded to captured approximately $2,500,000 worth of prizes, including value of ships and their cargos. Following the war, the experienced captain continued as a merchant until his death in 1848.