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
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.
If weather and luck are kind, BAREG and IMH will deploy the mooring buoy on the U-1105 on 12 April as we do every year to support the Maryland Historical Trust and the Naval History & Heritage Command. Once the buoy is on, the site is open to the public for diving. As a reminder to divers who are new to the site, the U-1105 is an Historic Shipwreck Preserve and is protected by federal and state law. Do not disturb, move, or remove anything on the site.
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.
2013 fieldwork schedule:
February & March --
sidescan sonar training on weekends
boat maintenance on weekdays
dive & map sites in Potomac River or
Chesapeake Bay on first 2 weekends
boat hull and engine work after 11 April
boat hull and engine work until 9 May
underway 11 May for Georgia and Florida
scan sites in Georgia
arrive St Augustine FL on 25 May
LAMP field school in FL
17th century site in MD
An interim report on progress so far is attached.
The new-to-us skiff is operational and legal. She will work in shallow waters and decent weather, and can handle four divers with gear -- maybe six at most. 26 feet, 20+ knots, 1970 Pacemaker "Alglas" hull, 1996 Chevy 350 engine (straight inboard), center console, extra fuel tanks, all USCG-required gear, VHF, WAAS DGPS, &c.
She needs a name. Suggestions?