Monday July 22- by Tyler Caldwell
Our team went out to the wreck known as the San Pablo with the intent of measuring key components of the ship to get a better idea of the ships construction. We were able to get one dive in where three teams took scale photos using a meter stick. Unfortunately a storm enveloped the area and we were forced to call the dives for the remainder of the day.
Tuesday July 23- by Tyler Caldwell
Due to bad weather we had to call the dives for the day and instead visited Fort Morgan and the University of South Alabama’s museum and conservation lab. Fort Morgan was a Civil War fortress that defended the entrance to Mobile Bay. The fort was eventually captured by the Union in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The University of South Alabama’s conservation lab and museum deal in both the historic and prehistoric archaeology of Mobile. Their museum gives a wonderful illustration of the time frame of the mobile area from Native Americans to the Colonial Era.
Wednesday July 24- by Tyler Caldwell
One team was sent out to the Blackwater River to continue target diving for new ships While the other group was sent to continue digging on EPII. In the Blackwater River we target dove in two points of interest from our side scan data. The first target dove appears to be a barge of some sort. The second target was designated a debris field, and when we dove on it we found wood scattered about the area but in no particular order. There was additional wood under the sediment which indicates there may be a structure beneath the sediment. The group on EPII continued dredge work in the midship and stern units. The midships goal was to uncover more of what we believe is the pump box, while the stern unit dredged one last time to get the units in the stern ready for mapping.