A Texas man died Friday after impaling his vessel on a sunken Confederate steamboat in the Navidad River. The 62-year-old Vietnam veteran and avid fisherman was reportedly familiar with that section of waterway.
The ironclad, called the Mary Summers, was built in England in 1833 and was once used as a slave ship. It was sold to the Confederate government and used during the Civil War as a blockade runner. It was sunk at that location before the end of the war.