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.
The following day, Roper was at the Coast Day event put on by the University of Delaware. We shared space with the Lewes Fire Department’s spiffy new boat and had opportunities to talk to lots of folks that are interested in archaeology and history. Not sure if we got any new recruits for the ASD but we did encourage a few divers to sign up. We took tours and drooled over the R/V Hugh R. Sharp’s toys, navigation and space as well as the Delriver, which is a fuel spill clean-up vessel. ASD had a neat display but their big draw was the ROV that the kids drove around the pool.
Monday we attempted to scan but it was just a bit too rough. Lucky for us, Craig Lukezic arranged for us to visit the DeBraak warehouse and we got a fantastic lecture from Chuck Fithian about the ship’s history and modern challenges to the ship’s preservation after all of the damage done by the salvagers.
Tuesday we did get out to scan and finished the final portion of the 2007 area! Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating and there will be no scanning for the next couple of days.
Debbie and Lee Nelson joined us for a couple of days; this will be our last chance to see Lee before he is deployed to Iraq for a year. 🙁
Many thanks to the Cape Henlopen State Park for allowing us to stay in the dorm again. It is a great location, nice facility and very reasonably priced for volunters to use.