Has maker’s mark “Tho. Green” stamped on upper side. Handle missing.
Recovered from the wreck of the Modern Greece, a blockade runner that ran aground on June 27, 1862 while attempting to run the blockade near Fort Fisher.
The Modern Greece was a British-owned steamer that ran aground on June 27, 1862 while trying to run the Union blockade near Fort Fisher. The vessel was carrying hardware, munitions and other items such as forks, spoons, rifles and surgeon’s kits bound for the Confederate states. The steamer was fired upon by the USS Stars & Stripes and the USS Cambridge before the crew abandoned ship and it eventually sank. Some goods were retrieved by Confederate forces. The wreck of the ship was excavated in 1962 and artifacts such as ingots, bayonets, pocketknives, and shoes were recovered. The Blockade Runner Modern Greece and Her Cargo. Leslie S. Bright, Archaeology Section, Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, 1977.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History accession number 1972.97.85.