Sorry for the lack of posts-- things are still progressing! Over the winter I spent some time collecting electronics like a radio, GPS antenna, etc. and I've finally finished their installation.
Our main workboat, Roper, is on loan to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum again this summer. During June we will set up our second workboat for diving. She has been named Polly, short for Polynavicular Morbus, the disorder of owning too many boats. In July and August we will use Polly to continue searching for the vessels that were scuttled at St.
IMH will have two large field projects in 2015, plus at least one 4-day field school in site mapping in low visibility, and several weekends of coxswain training. We will also deploy a new half-ton mooring for the dive boat buoy at the U-1105 Historic Shipwreck Preserve. For the schedule and a brief summary of the two big projects please see the attached .pdf.
As always, for more information or to sign up for fieldwork and training please click the "contact" button on our home page.
Attached is a summary report of our reconnaissance of wooden steamships from World War One at Widewater VA in September and October. We will return to the site in September +/- October 2015 to continue work. Please contact me if you would like to participate.
During the fall and winter of 2014 and spring of 2015 we will resume our search for any remains of Lord Dunmore's "Floating City" from 1776. See attached summary.
I finished this last month and finally remembered to snap a few pictures-- the DC electrical system is mostly in place. All the heavy metal: up to 4/0 gauge cables and heavy copper bars to handle as much as 400 amps (at 12 volts).
In May, I was able to get the navigation lights all installed. That required a "mini-mast" on the bridge for a mast-head light. That light will move to the real mast-head when we get one. I also installed a life-ring holder for the life-ring, complete with Blanca's name.
IMH's field projects for 2014 include the following --
1 Help Scott Tucker assess a 1680s site (done)
2 Search for eight sites in St Mary's River for Maryland Historical Trust (July)
2a Inspect a storm anchor in St Mary's River, Maryland (July)
3 Assess a dozen WWI wooden steamers at Widewater, Virginia (September - October)
3a Assess 14 Pootomac sites en route to Widewater (September)
4 Continue mapping Civil War wrecks at Quantico, Virginia (October)