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
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.
During the fall and winter of 2014 and spring of 2015 we will resume our search for any remains of Lord Dunmore's "Floating City" from 1776. See attached summary.
The St Mary's River Watershed Association has asked IMH to lay six to eight mounds of hollow concrete reef balls as part of their oyster restoration project. Each mound would comprise 31 to 37 balls. Each ball weighs about 350 pounds, so that makes approximately 42 tons to move. We can handle the balls easily with Roper's davit, one at a time. We probably can carry and deploy six or more balls on a trip, so the whole job would take perhaps 40 trips over two weeks -- mostly weekdays, som
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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?