Absolutely! The Cairo was like King Tut's tomb for the CW navy. In a frozen moment in time it captured what life was like for sailors on the Miss. and on one of the river ironclads.The Cairo's exposure to the gulf elements at Pascagoula did more damage than the original mine.
The ship's stove, made in the North with the model name "Southern Belle", was crushed during salvage and allowed to rust in Pascagoula.
Some of the more interesting stuff found that didn't disintegrate with time:
- bottles containing ground pepper
- a bar of soap
- a block of tobacco
- can of blue paint with chunks of paint in it that did not fade
- sponges, candles and parts of two Bible covers.
- sutures which began to disintegrate immediately and had to be put back in water until they were preserved in clear crystal blocks.
Trivia question: what are the other two ironclads that were preserved from the CW?