Watch a short clip of Navy Divers and others unloading shoring, working on the barge, and filming of the action.
While the Navy was busy moving shoring, the rest of the crew set up and organized the barge, readying it for diving. Maryland Public Television (MPT) was there to capture the action. MPT also documented conversations between Susan, Bob, and Julie discussing how to first excavate the wreck. The excavation will begin on the ends of the wreck as well as the center. Last year we came away with only a curious lead weight---but this year we will encounter artifacts in the hold of the vessel. In addition to the artifacts, we also expect to understand the condition (e.g. did the sides collapse outward) and orientation of the wreck.
US Navy divers attaching shoring to boat.
Shoring ready to be assembled.
Dr. Susan Langley talking to Mike English and Tim Pugh.
In addition to organizing shoring and filming, we also tested the pumps to ensure we can start dredging away the sediment first thing tomorrow morning.