On the Roanoke River along the waterfront in Plymouth, N.C. the replica of the Civil War ironclad the CSS Albemarle floats on the serene waters on July 20.
On the Roanoke River along the waterfront in Plymouth, N.C. the replica of the Civil War ironclad the CSS Albemarle floats on the serene waters on July 20. cliddy@newsobserver.com
On the Roanoke River along the waterfront in Plymouth, N.C. the replica of the Civil War ironclad the CSS Albemarle floats on the serene waters on July 20. cliddy@newsobserver.com

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