In 1862, Union ships attacked the MODERN GREECE, a blockade runner, and forced it to ground one thousand yards off Kure Beach. The crew fought their way to safety through the surf. Cannon fire from Fort Fisher kept the Union Navy from salvaging the ship; later, fire from Fort Fisher destroyed the MODERN GREECE to keep it from falling into enemy hands. A winter storm in 1964 revealed the old hulk lying in twenty-five feet of water. Salvage operation brought results as divers brought up rifles, bullets, sabers, shells, and even a cannon.