Sunken Civil War blockade runner has a story to tell NC divers and snorkelers

July 26, 2017

KURE BEACH, N.C. — N.C. recreational divers and snorkelers can take a deep dive into the state's history with an up-close look at the Condor, a civil war blockade runner that ran aground and sunk more than 150 years ago. The ship has a fascinating history that includes one of the Confederacy's most notorious spies. The Condor ran aground on her maiden voyage to Wilmington on Oct. 1, 1864. She sank after launching out of Govan, Scotland, in June of that year, coming to rest just off the beach in Fort Fisher, located at the southern tip of Kure Beach.