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.
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)
Our workboat Roper has begun her annual yard period in preparation for the 2014 field season. Initial report attached, others to follow occasionally, For a video of last year's haul and fieldwork, compiled by Brendan Burke of LAMP, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVTUm-4hCVA&feature=youtu.be
If weather and luck are kind, BAREG and IMH will deploy the mooring buoy on the U-1105 on 12 April as we do every year to support the Maryland Historical Trust and the Naval History & Heritage Command. Once the buoy is on, the site is open to the public for diving. As a reminder to divers who are new to the site, the U-1105 is an Historic Shipwreck Preserve and is protected by federal and state law. Do not disturb, move, or remove anything on the site.
The attached newsletter summarizes events in 2013 and plans for 2014.
IMH is pleased and proud to welcome the Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group as an affiliate organization. The Group is focused on studying the history of the Battle of the Atlantic in both World Wars, and assessing the physical remains of those battles along the Atlantic coast. We will share assets, fieldwork, information, and membership.
Please see attached .pdf report