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Images: The Lost Ship Planter

Cape Romain Lighthouse

Cape Romain civil war wreck site

(Image credit: Steve Hildebrand)

View of south end of Cape Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. The remains of the Civil War-era steamer Planter are located within sight of an 1857 lighthouse.

Robert Smalls

civil war hero robert smalls

(Image credit: Library of Congres)

Robert Smalls, who piloted the Planter to freedom during the Civil War.

The Planter

Civil War era planter

(Image credit: Harpers Weekly, June 1862)

The Planter illustrated after the 1862 escape from Charleston Harbor. Robert Smalls and his crew turned the ship over to the U.S. Navy.

Shipwreck Location

shipwreck location of civil war planter

(Image credit: USFWS)

Cape Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, site of the probable location of the Planter's wreckage.

Magnetic Probe

magnetic probe of the planter wrecksite

(Image credit: Tidewater Atlantic Research)

Researchers used magnetic instruments to survey the seafloor where they suspected the wreck might be. The probes indicated a concentration of iron below the seabed.

Wreck Site

planter off the coast of south carolina

(Image credit: Tidewater Atlantic Research)

A map of the potential wreck site of the Planter.

Sonar Scanning

planter shipwreck search

(Image credit: Tidewater Atlantic Research)

An archaeologist with a sonar unit during the search for the Planter shipwreck.

Keokuk Sinking

keokuk sinking in 1863

(Image credit: Naval History and Heritage Command)

The USS Keokuk sinks after bombardment by Confederate shells in 1863, with Robert Smalls piloting.

Stephanie Pappas
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.