In 2010 and 2011, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), the US Navy, and Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) conducted archaeology surveys in the Patuxent River on a War of 1812 shipwreck. This blog documents our underwater archaeology surveys.

July 30, 2011

World Renowned Shark Photographer Films Patuxent Wreck

We spent the day on Friday cleaning and preparing the site for filming by Nick Caloyianis. Nick is use to filming in blue waters, so the murky waters of the Patuxent River provided a real challenge for him. Using state of the art equipment and after taking multiple dives, Nick captured the curve of the ship including decking and iron fittings and fasteners. The film footage will be wrapped into a 30 minute documentary being produced by Maryland Public Television.  This will be the first time the public will see one of the ships scuttled by Commodore Joshua Barney almost 200 years ago.
Nick checks the "dive cam" attached to George's head.

This is not a ROV, but Nick's camera.

Nick prepares to enter the water.
We also had two sets of visitors. Our colleagues from the Maryland Archaeology Conservation Laboratory paid a visit as did Anne Arundel County archaeologists who are excavating an awesome multi-component prehistoric site down at Pig Point.
Nichole, Kate, and Drew pose with underwater archaeologist/conservator George Schwartz.
Dr. Julie Schablitsky gives Anne Arundel County archaeologists a tour from their boat. 

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