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.
One possible field project, to commence in 2014 in cooperation with NOAA and the Maryland Historical Trust, will be an assessment of approximately 170 wooden steamers that were built in WWI and now lie in the Potomac River in or near Mallows Bay, Maryland. See the attached image of one of them.
Archival projects may include researching Vritish and American technical evaluations of the German “Alberich” anechoic rubber tiles that coated the U-1105 and other U-boats
Other projects are also under consideration.
We are contemplating a massive reconnaissance project to run from18 August to 10 November 2011, to investigate a long list of targets (372 at current count) in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and off Cape Henlopen. A draft project plan is attached as a .pdf file.
The idea is to start when Roper returns from her summer soujourn at St. Augustine, and to finish in time to pull the U-1105 buoy on 12-13 November for the winter. “We are ready now … as soon as we refuel.”
Anyone interested in participating as a diver, tender, boat-driver or researcher would be very welcome, subject to our rule against disturbing sites or disclosing them to others who might: “no take, no talk.” Some of the diving will be easy, and some challenging. All of it will be low-viz or no-viz. Most targets are in 40 feet or less, but some are as deep as 90 feet.
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