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    The sidewheel steamer Planter gained national fame when a group of enslaved African Americans commandeered the Confederate ship and made a successful flight to freedom. under the leadership of Robert Smalls, the ship's wheelsman and an African American, crew members navigated the steamer out of Charleston Harbor and delivered the vessel to the United States navy. This report focuses on the history and archaeological survey of the famous American Civil War vessel, including Planter's commercial and naval career, the sotry of Robert Smalls and his comrades, and the postwar shipwreck of the steamer. The report addresses the wreck of Planter and the probably location of the vessel's remains today, as well as teh archeological search for those remains and the subsequent changes in the coastal environment since the sinking in 1876, the report concludes with investigative recommendations on Planter, a historic ship telling a significant and timeless story of human hope and courage in the face of adversity.

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