Ocean Policy Task Force Comments

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Lewes DE project

We will do harbor and near-shore reconnaissance at Lewes from Sunday 27 September through Saturday 10 October.  The targets date from colonial and Rev War through early 20th century.  On the weekend of 3 - 4 October we will be pierside for U. Delaware's Coast Day and Lewes' Boast the Coast.  We might also do a field school.  Free dorm rooms might be available at Cape Henlopen State Park.  If you are interested in participating please use the contact link or email


IMH field school

Our first field school in low-viz reconnaissance was held on 15-16 and 22-23 September.  Nine students attended.

The course included a day and a half on shore to cover basic material and to practice site mapping techniques, two and a half days on the water to run sidescan sonar search lanes and map several wrecks, and completion of a Maryland Historical Trust site report on one of the wrecks.

Sipriz at Tall Timbers

Geert van der Kolk, a friend of IMH, had a traditional Haitian fishing sloop built at Ile la Vache last year, sailed her from Haiti to Florida, displayed her at a museum in Palm Beach, then brought her to DC for display at American University, all to publicize the plight of the Haitian people generally and the boat people specifically.  She is now at Tall Timbers, pending donation to a maritime museum.  Pictures and story at



Address the U.S. Ocean Policy Taskforce

Dear colleagues,

We often discuss how policy makers fail to give little or no consideration to our issues.  In June, the Obama Administration created the Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce under the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).  It is important for us to note that "preserving our maritime heritage" is identified as part of the National Policy.

U-1105 and Favorite - what amazing dives!

The Roper is finally home and we took her out Satuday to dive the U-1105 and the Favorite. 

The visibility on the U-1105 was the best any of us has ever seen, ambient light actually reached the boat enough to be able to see your buddy or the u-boat from several feet away, perhaps as much as 10-15 feet with your light.  Between the great visibility and the absolute lack of current, it was my first opportunity to really tour the u-boat and get a feel for her.  I have posted photos on Facebook and will also e-mail them to Dave, so he can add to this blog.

Roper is back!

She safely returned from St. Augustine on Friday, 7 August.  The folks at LAMP worked her hard and took very good care of her.  She is fully operational for the upcoming field school in the Potomac.

We might take her south again next year for another session, perhaps with some modifications -- including better stowage on deck and below, and a small derrick for lifting more ballast from the site LAMP is working.

LAMP blog post on recent work

Check out this great post at the St. Augustine Lighthouse blog on their recent work. It features some great video.

Used dive gear

Long-time friend Townie Burden just gave IMH a lot of used gear, including wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, booties, BCs, and accessories.  Some of it is almost new, but some is pretty salty.  The suits are small, medium, and extra large.  We will keep some as loaners, and sell some.  If you are interested, contact

He also gave us a Fisher Pulse 8-X underwater metal detector.  We will keep that for use in the field, not sell it.  Sorry!


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