We filed our final report with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. For a redacted copy of the report (without site coordinates) in Adobe, please email David.Howe@maritimehistory.org.
On 12 and 13 August 2006 we conducted reconnaissance by sidescan sonar and divers in the Potomac River, beginning at Piney Point. The report is available in PDF format: Download FIle
INA and IMH reconned the wreck of USS San Marcos (ex USS Texas, BB-2) off Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday, 6 August. The report is available in PDF format: Download file
IMH made a reconnaissance of the historic harbor area at New Castle, Delaware, on 16-22 July 2006 for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. See the summary: Download the PDF file
This reconnaissance is scheduled for 16-22 July. For a copy of the research design please email email@example.com.
SHIP field schedule, 2006 (always subject to weather):
29 – 30 Apr U-1105: rig buoy, inspect
06 – 07 May scan and map, Potomac River
13 – 14 May scan and map, Potomac River
20 May – 11 Jun Roper: haul, repair, paint
17 – 18 Jun scan and map, Potomac River
24 – 25 Jun scan and map, Potomac River
08 – 09 Jul scan and map, Potomac River
15 – 16 Jul Roper to Delaware Bay
16 – 22 Jul scan and map, Delaware River
22 – 23 Jul Roper to Tall Timbers
05 – 06 Aug inspect U-1105
19 – 20 Aug scan and map, Potomac River
02 – 04 Sep scan and map, Potomac River
09 – 10 Sep inspect U-1105
23 – 24 Sep scan and map, Potomac River
30 Sep – 03 Oct scan and map, Potomac River
04 – 8 Oct scan and map, Potomac River
21 – 22 Oct scan and map, Potomac River
11 – 12 Nov U-1105: pull buoy for the winter
25 – 26 Nov scan and map, Potomac River
02 – 03 Dec scan and map, Potomac River
16 – 17 Dec scan and map, Potomac River
Contact Dave Howe for underway times and locations.
24 April. No joy yet in placing the mooring buoy on the U-1105 for the summer season. We were blown out last weekend by high winds and heavy seas.
We are looking into the acquisition of a houseboat as a “barracks barge” and floating work platform. to support a larger crew than Roper can sleep. Several cheap or free boats have been proposed. Stay tuned!
Two days, 12 dives, and no joy — the river mud still has hold of the buoy chain despite our efforts on 15 and 16 April. There is no joy in Mudville.
But we WILL wrest the chain from the belly of the beast and deploy the buoy next weekend.
If we finish that on Saturday, 22 April, we will spend Sunday taking sidescan images of ten suspected sites down the Potomac, and physical measurements of two of them.