Chesapeake Bay magazine, February 2010 issue

The February issue just came out and has a cover article about IMH and the U-1105.

2010 plans

2010 will be a busy year, with a lot of reconnaissance for the Maryland Historical Trust, and ground-truthing the sites we found in 2007 and 2009 in the Delaware for the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs and the Archaeological Society of Delaware, and mapping the Quantico Creek site for the Marine Corps base, and perhaps doing some reconnaissance for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in several rivers, and perhaps helping MHT survey some battlefield sites -- plus giving Roper her biennial bottom paint, adding a small derrick to lift ballast stones at the St.

HMAP Call for Papers

HMAP invites papers for the conference, Oceans Past III: Stories from the sea - history of marine animal populations and their exploitation. The conference will take place at Synge Lecture Hall, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 18‐20 November 2010.

New old wreck

Dawn Cheshaek, CraigWhitaker, and I found a 20th century, 90-foot steel barge in the Potomac yesterday.  It is not likely to be historic, but will be a good training site for mapping.

October 2009 reconnaissance report

In October, IMH's boat Roper steamed from Maryland to Lewes DE and back, and scannned many potential sites along the way.  A summary report of the findings is attached in .pdf.  If you want more information on the sites, or want to dive them when we start working on them, please contact


Got air?

At Lewes DE, and on the trip there and back this month, we found 13 new old wrecks in the Delaware and 27 in the Chesapeake that need to be dived and mapped, plus a big bunch of maybes. A sidescan image of one is attached.

Lewes project mostly blown out

We got one full day and two half days of work at Lewes, but the seas were too rough to work on the other days.  We finished the small area left over from 2007, found two sites in the outer harbor, confirmed two others that appear on the nautical chart, and disproved two more on the chart.  We also confirmed a dozen charted wrecks in the Chesapeake and the Delaware en route to Lewes, including (I hope) the schooner Mary A. deKnight that foundered in 1870 near Annapolis.

Delaware so far - finished 2007 area!

Roper had a bumpy trip up to Lewes but did finally arrive early on the mornign of October 3.

We participated in Lewes' annual Boast the Coast day, wrapping up with an Honorable Mention for our entry in the Parade of Lights.

black water dive training

Once again, Adventure Scuba Company (Tom Black and Ron Miller) will be
conducting its Black Water Training - Self Rescue Course on Sunday,
December 13.

There will be a brief (~ 1 hr) class portion at the shop beginning at 3pm,
and the confined water training will be conducted at Oak Marr Pool. The
pool session runs from 6pm to 7:45pm. Directions to the pool will be
provided.  Tanks and weights will be provided if you need them. You do need to bring

Ocean Policy Task Force - Interim Report

Obama Administration Officials Release Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report

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