Mount Vernon preliminary report (revised)

A revised preliminary report is attached for the Mount Vernon project, 24 April - 1 May 2010.  The formal, detailed report will follow in due course.


Back to sunny Florida again

Weeather willing, Roper will sail from Tall Timbers for Florida on Saturday, 22 May, and arrive at St.Augustine around 27 May.  She will be on loan to LAMP throughout June for field work and a field school.

Mount Vernon findings

We are starting to post-process the sonar data from Mount Vernon and to draft a report to the Maryland Historical Trust, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Mount Vernon Ladies Association.  We have filed two Maryland site reports so far, on sites in the Potomac.  More to follow!

The images from LAMP's Klein 3900 sidescan are superb.  Sample attached, showing a centerboard vessel seen in transit between Mount Vernon and Tall Timbers.

Mount Vernon project

IMH and LAMP (the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program of the St.

Mount Vernon project

We started scanning at Mount Vernon on Saturday, 24 April.  In the first two days we found more wrecks and other anomalies than we can ground-truth and assess in the week remaining on the schedule, so we will just have to go back again.  We also found more than 30 sites in the Potmac on the trip there.

Roper haul

She cannot begin to compete with the amount of work Gypsy needs, but Roper has new zincs and new paint from keel to rail, and she is ready to go back in the water, thanks to hard work by Dawn, Brenda, John and Erik.  She will be pretty for the Mount Vernon project.  Chores still to do include cleaning the fuel tank; touching a few rust spots with the weklder; painting the mast, pilothouse, decks, and engine room bilge; installing the new alternator; and checking the engine alignment and valve lash.

Chipping and Scraping and Sanding, Oh My! - Gypsy 27mar2010

Now that March Madness is over (I'm talking about the annual spree of archaeology conferences-- what did you think I meant?) it's back to work on the boat.

The weather was warm enough to be comfortable, but not warm enough for fiberglass work.  That's ok-- there's plenty of sanding to do.  Here's a pic that shows the existing bottom paint, what's left of it.  The red color is the original gelcoat.bottompaintbeforebottompaintbefore

2010 plans (2)

The Maryland Historical Trust will survey several submerged battlefields in the Chesapeake this year. under a grant from the National Park Service's ABPP (American Battlefields Protection Program).  The Trust will need volunteers for that work -- divers, boat drivers, and researchers.  If you are interested please email


2010 plans cut back

The Maryland legislature voted on 3/26 not to fund any non-capital historic grants this year, so our plans for SHIP in Maryland will be curtailed.  We have at least 226 sites to assess in Maryland waters.  Many of them are fairly close to our home port at Tall Timbers, so we will stay very busy.

On the bright side, the lack of Maryland funding will free up a lot of time for reconnaissance in Virginia and Delaware if we get funding from those states, plus at least one field school -- maybe two, if enough people want it.

Maryland funding is in jeopardy

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