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Wassaw Sound

Wassaw Sound is a Wilmington River flows.


  • American Civil War naval battle 1
  • Tybee Bomb 2
  • 1996 Summer Olympics 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

American Civil War naval battle

It was the location of an American Civil War naval battle between the CSS Atlanta and Union ships in 1863.

Tybee Bomb

It is the location of a

Soon search and rescue teams were sent to the site. Wassaw Sound was mysteriously cordoned off by the United States Air Force troops. For six weeks, the Air Force looked for the bomb without success. Underwater divers scoured the depths, troops tromped through nearby salt marshes, and a blimp hovered over the area attempting to spot a hole or crater in the beach or swamp. Then just a month later, the search was abruptly halted. The Air Force sent its forces to Florence, South Carolina, where another H-bomb had been accidentally dropped by a B-47. The bomb's 200 pounds of TNT exploded on impact, sending radioactive debris across the landscape. The explosion caused extensive property damage and several injuries on the ground. Fortunately, the nuke itself didn't detonate.

The search teams never returned to Tybee Island, and the affair of the missing H-bomb was discreetly covered up. The end of the search was noted in a partially declassified memo from the Pentagon to the AEC, in which the Air Force politely requested a new H-bomb to replace the one it had lost. "The search for this weapon was discontinued on 4-16-1958 and the weapon is considered irretrievably lost. It is requested that one weapon be made available for release to the United States Department of Defense (DOD) as a replacement." [1]

The bomb was again searched for in 2001 and not found. A new group in 2004 headed by Derek Duke claims to have found an underwater object which it thinks is the bomb, but the US Army Corp of Engineers discounted the claim, saying the radioactive traces detected by the group were "naturally occurring".[2]

A satirical "news" website ran a story in February 2015 stating the bomb was found by vacationing Canadian divers and that the bomb had since been removed from the sound. The fake story spread widely via social media.[3]

1996 Summer Olympics

Black = Marinas
Yellow = Finn & Star area and 470 course area
Red = Tornado & Soling course area
Green = Europe & Laser course area
Blue = Windsurf and Soling Matchrace course area

The sound served as the sailing venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

See also


  1. ^ "The Case of the Missing H-Bomb". 
  2. ^ "Long-Missing H-Bomb A Risk?". 
  3. ^ "Georgia Warhead". Snopes. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  • 1996 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 544.
  • 1996 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 3. p. 467.
  • Harris, William C., Jr., Wassaw Sound (2008). ISBN 1-929490-37-2
  • "Lost nuclear bomb possibly found". Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. 
  • Air Force Search & Recovery Assessment of the 1958 Savannah, GA B-47 Accident [2]

External links

  • Map of Wassaw Sound area
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wassaw Sound

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