PERCUSSION CAPS FROM BLOCKADE RUNNER “MINHO”

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Item Code: 1054-2418

A Plexiglas container full of percussion caps (and a few small shells) recovered from the blockade runner “Minho” which grounded at the mouth of Charleston harbor. The caps all exhibit a dark patina.

The Minho was built in Paisley, Scotland in 1854. Purchased in April of 1862 by Fraiser, Trenholm & Company she made five successful trips through the blockade.  She was then bought by the Navigation Company of Charleston, SC. Her sixth run through the blockade on October 20, 1862 ended in failure when she grounded on Bowman’s Jetty under the guns of Fort Moultrie. Much of the cargo was salvaged shortly thereafter. The ship’s remains were rediscovered in 1987 and these relics were legally recovered in 1987 and 1988.  [jet]

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