At Lewes DE, and on the trip there and back this month, we found 13 new old wrecks in the Delaware and 27 in the Chesapeake that need to be dived and mapped, plus a big bunch of maybes. A sidescan image of one is attached.
We got one full day and two half days of work at Lewes, but the seas were too rough to work on the other days. We finished the small area left over from 2007, found two sites in the outer harbor, confirmed two others that appear on the nautical chart, and disproved two more on the chart. We also confirmed a dozen charted wrecks in the Chesapeake and the Delaware en route to Lewes, including (I hope) the schooner Mary A. deKnight that foundered in 1870 near Annapolis.
Once again, Adventure Scuba Company (Tom Black and Ron Miller) will be
conducting its Black Water Training - Self Rescue Course on Sunday,
There will be a brief (~ 1 hr) class portion at the shop beginning at 3pm,
and the confined water training will be conducted at Oak Marr Pool. The
pool session runs from 6pm to 7:45pm. Directions to the pool will be
provided. Tanks and weights will be provided if you need them. You do need to bring
The annual SHA conference will be held at Amelia Island Plantation, Jacksonville FL, from January 6 to 9, 2010. This is the biggest national conference in our field. I hope you will consider attending.
The preliminary program is posted at
IMH will have good representation at the conference, including the following:
As you may know, Adventure Scuba has been offering training through SDI in addition to NAUI and PADI. Although we traditionally promote the buddy system, one of the courses that I believe can be of great value to IMH divers is the SDI Solo Diver Course. SDI has successfully promoted solo diving as an option for experienced divers engaged in certain activities.
We will do harbor and near-shore reconnaissance at Lewes from Sunday 27 September through Saturday 10 October. The targets date from colonial and Rev War through early 20th century. On the weekend of 3 - 4 October we will be pierside for U. Delaware's Coast Day and Lewes' Boast the Coast. We might also do a field school. Free dorm rooms might be available at Cape Henlopen State Park. If you are interested in participating please use the contact link or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first field school in low-viz reconnaissance was held on 15-16 and 22-23 September. Nine students attended.
The course included a day and a half on shore to cover basic material and to practice site mapping techniques, two and a half days on the water to run sidescan sonar search lanes and map several wrecks, and completion of a Maryland Historical Trust site report on one of the wrecks.
Geert van der Kolk, a friend of IMH, had a traditional Haitian fishing sloop built at Ile la Vache last year, sailed her from Haiti to Florida, displayed her at a museum in Palm Beach, then brought her to DC for display at American University, all to publicize the plight of the Haitian people generally and the boat people specifically. She is now at Tall Timbers, pending donation to a maritime museum. Pictures and story at http://web.mac.com/geertvanderkolk/iWeb/homepage/English.html
She safely returned from St. Augustine on Friday, 7 August. The folks at LAMP worked her hard and took very good care of her. She is fully operational for the upcoming field school in the Potomac.
We might take her south again next year for another session, perhaps with some modifications -- including better stowage on deck and below, and a small derrick for lifting more ballast from the site LAMP is working.