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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.

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 david.howe@maritimehistory.org.


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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The Spring 2010 newsletter is out!

Thanks to editors Cynthia Loden-Dowdle, Isabel Mack, and Kirk Pierce, and contributors Susan Langley, Joyce Steinmetz, Bill Utley, and Brendan Burke. The nesletter is attached as a pdf file.

Mount Vernon survey

IMH will partner with the Maryland Historical Trust, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, and the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program to conduct the first known underwater survey at Mount Vernon.  Details are in the attached pdf file.

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