CSS Neuse II

CSS Neuse II Come and visit the only full-scale replica of a Confederate ironclad gunboat in the world. Measuring 158 feet long by 34 feet wide, the vessel continues to draw visitors and newly found friends from across the United States and abroad.
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The “C.S.S. Neuse II” is a full-scale reproduction of her namesake, the “Confederate States Ship Neuse” – which served during the War Between the States as an ironclad gunboat stationed in Kinston, North Carolina from March 1864 to March 1865. She rests on the southwest corner of North Herritage Street and West Gordon Street in the Kinston Shipyard. Located only a block from the Neuse River, she sits a scant distance from where her namesake was outfitted with iron plating and moored.

Operating as usual

"Wings Over the Neuse" is just two days away. Join us on Friday, Sept. 11. Thanks to all our sponsors.
09/10/2020

"Wings Over the Neuse" is just two days away. Join us on Friday, Sept. 11. Thanks to all our sponsors.

Tomorrow is W-Day. Wing plates should be ready to soar around 10:30 am. Please support “Wings Over the Neuse.”
09/10/2020

Tomorrow is W-Day. Wing plates should be ready to soar around 10:30 am. Please support “Wings Over the Neuse.”

Please support us on Friday, Sept. 11.
09/07/2020
Mike Parker: On Friday, be the wind beneath our ‘Wings’ — Neuse News

Please support us on Friday, Sept. 11.

The 12th edition of “Wings Over the Neuse” will be here in just a few days – on Friday, Sept. 11. The CSS Neuse Foundation, caretakers of the full-sized replica gunboat, depends on this fund-raiser to secure the lion’s share of the funds needed to operate, maintain, and improve the Neuse II ...

Sponsor banners are up! Drive by our gunboat to see the generous people who make what we do possible. Thanks to all our ...
09/07/2020

Sponsor banners are up! Drive by our gunboat to see the generous people who make what we do possible. Thanks to all our sponsors.

07/03/2020

"Breakfast on the Boat" has again been postponed. Please join us on Oct. 17 when we do a "Breakfast" in connection with the Ironclad Races that day.

06/19/2020

‘Breakfast on the Boat’ planned for Saturday, June 20, has been postponed to July 11 due to the forecast of rain and possible thunderstorms.

CSS Neuse II set to reopen on June 6
05/29/2020
CSS Neuse II set to reopen on June 6

CSS Neuse II set to reopen on June 6

When the COVID-19 struck our nation and state, the board of directors for the CSS Neuse Foundation decided at its March 16 meeting to remain unopened

CSS Neuse II set to reopen on June 6
05/29/2020
CSS Neuse II set to reopen on June 6

CSS Neuse II set to reopen on June 6

When the COVID-19 struck our nation and state, the board of directors for the CSS Neuse Foundation decided at its March 16 meeting to remain unopened

The CSS Neuse II is closed today - Saturday, Feb. 22.
02/22/2020

The CSS Neuse II is closed today - Saturday, Feb. 22.

Carol Cantu's grandson Gabrial takes the wheel of the CSS Neuse II the morning of Dec. 14.
12/21/2019

Carol Cantu's grandson Gabrial takes the wheel of the CSS Neuse II the morning of Dec. 14.

Gary Hines (driving), his son Steven, and Steven's daughters Caroline and Emily represented the CSS Neuse II in the Kins...
12/21/2019

Gary Hines (driving), his son Steven, and Steven's daughters Caroline and Emily represented the CSS Neuse II in the Kinston Christmas Parade on Dec. 7. Gary drove his classic 1953 MG TD in the parade.

Lenoir County Clerk of Court Dawn Stroud drew the winning tickets for the 2019 Neuse Foundation raffle on Friday, Dec. 1...
12/16/2019

Lenoir County Clerk of Court Dawn Stroud drew the winning tickets for the 2019 Neuse Foundation raffle on Friday, Dec. 13. Dena LaRue won first place and the replica 1851 revolver, and Marshall Martin won second place and the replica cavalry saber. Thanks to Dawn for drawing the winners, and thanks to all who support the raffle.

Dena LaRue won the 2019 Neuse Foundation raffle - and the replica 1851 Colt Army Revolver. She picked up her prize Satur...
12/16/2019

Dena LaRue won the 2019 Neuse Foundation raffle - and the replica 1851 Colt Army Revolver. She picked up her prize Saturday, Dec. 14. Dena, escorted by her grandson, received the black powder revolver from Mike Parker of the foundation's board. Congratulations to Dena - and a hearty "Thank You" to all who supported this fund-raiser through purchasing tickets.

"Breakfast on the Boat" is this Saturday, Oct. 19. Breakfast served from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The Gunboat Boys will b...
10/17/2019

"Breakfast on the Boat" is this Saturday, Oct. 19. Breakfast served from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The Gunboat Boys will be performing.

Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 13 - the next edition of "Wings Over the Neuse" to support the CSS Neuse II. Plates...
09/06/2019

Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 13 - the next edition of "Wings Over the Neuse" to support the CSS Neuse II. Plates should be ready at 10:30 a.m.

CSS Neuse II's cover photo
06/20/2019

CSS Neuse II's cover photo

Thanks to the Kinston Amateur Radio Society (KARS) for broadcasting from the Neuse II during this special weekend.
06/17/2019
Mike Parker: KN4RAM crackles to life aboard Neuse II

Thanks to the Kinston Amateur Radio Society (KARS) for broadcasting from the Neuse II during this special weekend.

Sometimes, things just work out right. When the Kinston Amateur Radio Society (KARS) sought its license to broadcast from the CSS Neuse II on Saturday,

A huge "Thank You" goes to Bill Hand for his excellent article on the CSS Neuse II. Here is a link:
05/08/2019
Step into history in world's only Civil War gunboat replica

A huge "Thank You" goes to Bill Hand for his excellent article on the CSS Neuse II. Here is a link:

Kinston is still the only place on the planet where you can walk the decks of a full-size Confederate gunboat replica. You can’t sail it –

Make your plans to eat “Breakfast on the Boat” with us between 7 am - 10:30 am this Saturday, April 13.
04/11/2019

Make your plans to eat “Breakfast on the Boat” with us between 7 am - 10:30 am this Saturday, April 13.

Thank you, runners and Ironclad Races, for your support.
03/16/2019

Thank you, runners and Ironclad Races, for your support.

Thank You 2018 runners! You are making Kinston smile. Because of you we were able to give CSS Neuse Foundation a donation today. #runkinston www.ironcladraces.org
CSS Neuse Foundation maintains and manages the Ironclad replica that you guys run past. The CSS Neuse Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that exists to maintain and expand the Neuse II as an educational tool for today and future generations.CSS Neuse II

01/02/2019

Happy New Year! Thank you for your support. The CSS Neuse Foundation depends on generous donations from those who support our mission to educate people about history through a full-scale experience with our replica gunboat. You make our progress possible. May your 2019 be blessed, indeed!

Gene Lane of LaGrange won the 1851 Colt Revolver raffle. Lenoir County Clerk of Court Dawn Stroud conducted the drawing ...
12/24/2018

Gene Lane of LaGrange won the 1851 Colt Revolver raffle. Lenoir County Clerk of Court Dawn Stroud conducted the drawing at 4 p.m. on Dec. 13, the anniversary of the First Battle of Kinston. Chris Raines (right) presented the revolver and its accessories in a display box at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, aboard the CSS Neuse II.

Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser.

Thanks to all who supported ‘Wings Over the Neuse’ on Nov 2. We are grateful for our galley crew, plate makers, delivery...
11/09/2018

Thanks to all who supported ‘Wings Over the Neuse’ on Nov 2. We are grateful for our galley crew, plate makers, delivery folks. We thank all our sponsors - and all those who bought plates. Because of you, we had an incredibly successful fundraiser!

Chicken Wings are cooking, so come to the Farmer’s Market from 10:30 am till 1 pm today to catch them before they all fl...
11/02/2018

Chicken Wings are cooking, so come to the Farmer’s Market from 10:30 am till 1 pm today to catch them before they all fly the coup!

“Wings” set for Friday, Nov. 2. Read all about it!
10/29/2018
Mike Parker: The miracle of the Neuse II depends on your support

“Wings” set for Friday, Nov. 2. Read all about it!

On Friday, Nov. 2, the CSS Neuse Foundation will host its rescheduled “Wings Over the Neuse,” the foundation’s single largest annual fundraiser. Sales and delivery will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and continue until all wings have flown the coup.

Several members of the Mechanized Cavalry of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stopped by to visit the CSS Neuse II on Sa...
10/01/2018

Several members of the Mechanized Cavalry of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stopped by to visit the CSS Neuse II on Saturday, Sept. 29. The group was on a humanitarian trip to bring relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Florence.
“I had the tools and ladder to take down the torn canvas today,” said David Mooring, president of the CSS Neuse Foundation. “I bushwhacked these guys to do to take down that torn canvas for the CSS Neuse Foundation.”
Mech Cav members came from a number of SCV camps including the Smithfield Light Infantry Camp No. 1466 of Smithfield; the James Younger Camp No. 2065 of Albemarle; and the Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp No. 803 of Sanford. Members of several other camps also assisted.
“The Neuse Foundation offers a hearty ‘Thank You’ to these bikers,” Mooring said.

09/11/2018
CSS Neuse II

CSS Neuse II

RELEASE FROM NEUSE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT DAVID MOORING:
The board of directors of the CSS Neuse Foundation announced Tuesday that the “Wings Over the Neuse” fundraiser set for Friday, Sept. 14, has been postponed.
“Hurricane Florence is threatening our area,” said foundation president David Mooring. “The conditions predicted for our area make hosting this event Friday impossible.”
Mooring made clear that the “Wings” event is not cancelled.
“We want everyone to understand that our board will set a new date for ‘Wings’ after we have weathered the storm and had time to access the damage done to our area,” Mooring said. “Many of our board members are active in other community groups, and those groups are likely to be called into action if Florence produces devastation anything near to what Hurricane Matthew did to our area.”
Mooring said he and the board wished to thank each of the 55 sponsors who are supporting this year’s edition of “Wings Over the Neuse.” This year marks the 10th consecutive year the Neuse Foundation has hosted “Wings.”
“We have a strong base of sponsors. We want each of them to know how much we appreciate their generosity in supporting our effects to operate, maintain, and improve the CSS Neuse II experience,” Mooring added.
The CSS Neuse Foundation owns and operates the CSS Neuse II, a full-scale replica of the original Confederate ironclad gunboat. In 2017 nearly 5,500 visitors walked the decks of the Neuse II.
“The Neuse II has been a community effort from the beginning,” Mooring said. “Years after Ted Sampley and Alton Stapleford worked to turn their dream into reality, this community is still supporting efforts to share the history and innovations that occurred during the Civil War.”

09/11/2018

RELEASE FROM NEUSE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT DAVID MOORING:
The board of directors of the CSS Neuse Foundation announced Tuesday that the “Wings Over the Neuse” fundraiser set for Friday, Sept. 14, has been postponed.
“Hurricane Florence is threatening our area,” said foundation president David Mooring. “The conditions predicted for our area make hosting this event Friday impossible.”
Mooring made clear that the “Wings” event is not cancelled.
“We want everyone to understand that our board will set a new date for ‘Wings’ after we have weathered the storm and had time to access the damage done to our area,” Mooring said. “Many of our board members are active in other community groups, and those groups are likely to be called into action if Florence produces devastation anything near to what Hurricane Matthew did to our area.”
Mooring said he and the board wished to thank each of the 55 sponsors who are supporting this year’s edition of “Wings Over the Neuse.” This year marks the 10th consecutive year the Neuse Foundation has hosted “Wings.”
“We have a strong base of sponsors. We want each of them to know how much we appreciate their generosity in supporting our effects to operate, maintain, and improve the CSS Neuse II experience,” Mooring added.
The CSS Neuse Foundation owns and operates the CSS Neuse II, a full-scale replica of the original Confederate ironclad gunboat. In 2017 nearly 5,500 visitors walked the decks of the Neuse II.
“The Neuse II has been a community effort from the beginning,” Mooring said. “Years after Ted Sampley and Alton Stapleford worked to turn their dream into reality, this community is still supporting efforts to share the history and innovations that occurred during the Civil War.”

09/11/2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: 'Wings Over the Neuse' as been postponed due to Hurricane Florence. Please check here for the new date. The board is waiting to see the outcomes of Florence before setting another date.

Thanks to all our great sponsors.
09/11/2018

Thanks to all our great sponsors.

Address

118 N Herritage St
Kinston, NC
28501

General information

Tours are given by volunteer guides most Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. We welcome individuals and groups during other times based on appointment. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Parking is limited on the street; however, public parking is available directly across from the replica. The replica is owned and operated by the C.S.S. Neuse Foundation, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2006. Correspondence should be directed to them at the following address: C.S.S. Neuse Foundation, Inc. PO Box 251 Kinston, NC 28502-0251

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(252) 560-2150

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About the CSS Neuse II

The “C.S.S. Neuse II” is a full-scale reproduction of her namesake, the “Confederate States Ship Ram Neuse” – which served during the War Between the States as an ironclad gunboat stationed in Kinston, North Carolina, from March 1864 to March 1865. She rests on the southwest corner of North Herritage Street and West Gordon Street in the Kinston Shipyard. Located only a block from the Neuse River, she sits a scant distance from where her namesake was outfitted with iron plating and moored.

Our purpose is to allow visitors to get a sense of what walking the decks of the CSS Neuse was like. We also want to share maritime history and developments in the technologies that made wooden warships obsolete. We have a replica Brooke 6.4 Rifle, replica projectiles, and accessories for the cannon.

Our knowledgeable docents always stand ready to field any questions visitors may have.


Comments

Proud to say that Dennis Harper is my very knowledgeable and passionate Uncle in this project. It’s his life’s work and I love him and hope to take a tour with him one day. 😘💞🙏
Just is little different view of her.
Reviewed by Doodleebks Nov 6, 2018 Trip Advisor Review: This is a great replica of the original CSS Neuse. We were able to go inside and tour and see the big guns.Terrific amount of history. Hey guys, this review was on the CSS Neuse Museum Trip Advisor account, but I think it was meant for you guys! Great job 😉
The NC Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is accepting stories now about ALL North Carolinians—men, women, and children—who lived during the late 19th century. The stories do not have to be military/war related (although those are welcome) but must be about the lives of North Carolinians who lived any time during the Civil War and/or Reconstruction. There's no tidbit of information too small or story too lengthy. So, if you know something about someone who lived in North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction era and wish to share it with us, please submit it on the NCCWRHC webpage http://nccivilwarcenter.org/share-a-story or mail it to 824 Branson St., Fayetteville, NC 28305, or contact me at 910.491.0602. [If you’d like to follow the progress of the NCCWRHC, feel free to “like” our page: https://www.facebook.com/nccivilwarcenter/]