On Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, the Institute of Maritime History assisted NHHC and Phoenix International Holdings, a SUPSALV contractor, in deploying a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) and an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), two types of small, unmanned submarines, to take sonar and video images of the USS Tulip wreck. Tulip was a US Navy gunboat that sank with heavy loss of life in a boiler explosion in 1864. IMH is a non-profit society that is based at Tall Timbers Marina and conducts underwater archaeological reconnaissance and research for
Happy Leap Day!
Well, I did get started on the water system last fall. The new water-heater, water pump and accumulator tank are mounted, and the after water tank is cleaned and resealed with its deck-fill fitting and valve replaced. Then it got cold. I don't think working on a fresh-water system when it's in the 20s is such a good idea, so that work got postponed.
We have five projects scheduled for this autumn after our workboat Roper comes home from LAMP at St Augustine:
7-10 September: help the Naval History & Heritage Command evaluate a portable sonar system;
11-18 September: assess 19 sites in the Potomac River in transit to Widewater VA;
19 September - 19 October: assess about a dozen WWI wooden steamship hulls at Widewater;
20-26 October: assess a possible Civil War site near Quantico VA; and
Sorry for the lack of posts-- things are still progressing! Over the winter I spent some time collecting electronics like a radio, GPS antenna, etc. and I've finally finished their installation.
Our main workboat, Roper, is on loan to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum again this summer. During June we will set up our second workboat for diving. She has been named Polly, short for Polynavicular Morbus, the disorder of owning too many boats. In July and August we will use Polly to continue searching for the vessels that were scuttled at St.
IMH will have two large field projects in 2015, plus at least one 4-day field school in site mapping in low visibility, and several weekends of coxswain training. We will also deploy a new half-ton mooring for the dive boat buoy at the U-1105 Historic Shipwreck Preserve. For the schedule and a brief summary of the two big projects please see the attached .pdf.
As always, for more information or to sign up for fieldwork and training please click the "contact" button on our home page.
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.