The Maritime chapter meets with Sussex County. Activities for the
coming year include a field school in underwater archaeology.
10 May - 13 May map Rev War longboat
14 May - 15 May
mag and map Shipping Point
15 May - 16 May map Potomac to Tall Timbers
17 May - 19 May mag Tulip, U-1105, &c
23 May - 8 July
map Dunmore area
9 July - 10 July field school class, pool
11 July - 15 July Dunmore
16 July - 17 July
field school in-water
18 July - 29 July Dunmore
30 July? - 2 Sep Chesapeake Bay
Anyone interested in participating
should contact Dawn Cheshaek for
more information firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maritime Chapter of ASD supports the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs through reconnaissance and
assessment of submerged historic sites in Delaware waters. Fieldwork involves no-impact "Phase I" reconnaissance
by remote sensors and divers. Sites are not disturbed. Material is not recovered. All site data, especially locations and
identities, are kept confidential and are reported only to the state.
Reconnaissance areas include the ocean, Delaware
Bay, Delaware River, and smaller rivers, some with low visibility, currents, or surge. Divers must be comfortable and competent
in the conditions they undertake. We encourage divers to obtain archaeological training and advanced dive training from colleges,
graduate schools, dive training agencies, the Institute of Maritime History, or other agencies.
For the most part,
our work is voluntary and unfunded. Members provide their own dive gear, and share project expenses. Expenses may be tax deductible.
2000 When known as the Delaware Marine Archaeological Society, we surveyed a shipwreck that
washed ashore on Beach Plum Island. This project was in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation,
the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society.
During the winter of 2004,
We assisted with the collection of artifacts from the beach at Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes. The artifacts had been deposited
from a shipwreck that was impacted by a beach replenishment dredge operation. Many of our members volunteered with Delaware
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the Sussex Chapter of the ASD to process the artifacts for the entire project.
2006 We surveyed the historic harbor at New Castle, in collaboration with the Institute of Maritime History (IMH),
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, and the support of the City of New Castle.
2007 We surveyed
the inner harbor at Lewes in collaboration with IMH and Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs with the support
of the City of Lewes and the University of Delaware
2009 We finished the inner harbor and started the outer harbor
at Lewes, as well as scanned some charted wrecks in the Broadkill River.
2010 and 2011 We assisted IMH in surveys
in Maryland and Virginia:
- The Potomac River off Mount Vernon with the support of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
and the Maryland Historical Trust,
- The Aquia River for Stafford County VA, funded by the National Park Service,
- Civil War wrecks at Quantico VA for the U.S. Marine Corps,
- War of 1812 wrecks in the Patuxent River for the Maryland
Historical Trust and the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.
We collaborated with IMH, the Swedish Colonial Society and the University of Delaware in the search for Fort Elfsborg,
a 17th century Swedish fort, in or on the Delaware River, for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and
the New Jersey Bureau of Archaeology and Ethnography. While there, we also searched for three Revolutionary War shipwrecks
near Philadelphia. The primary target was the Andrew Doria.
2013 We assisted IMH in their return to Quantico Creek to map known Civil War wrecks, as well
as their return to Mount Vernon to dive on targets previously identified by sonar.
2014 Mallows Bay on the Maryland side has many
wooden hulls of WWI transport ships that were scrapped after the war. Some drifted across to the Virginia side to a place
called Widewater. An effort to identify the hull type of as many of these as possible were made. Roper operated
out of Hope Springs Marina in Stafford, VA.
An attempt to map the Civil
War Confederate gunboat George Page wreck in Quantico Creek took place. Roper anchored in Quantico Creek used
a boat ramp on Quantico Marine Base for meeting participants.
Look for the ROV at Zwaanendael and Iron Hill
Festivals in May
Coast Day, Lewes, in October
With IMH in Quantico Creek and
in the Potomac near Aquia, VA in September thru October, we will continue mapping known Civil War wrecks and begin mapping
large wooden WWI steamships which were scrapped after the war.
Possible Future Delaware Projects:
Map the William R. Grace off Cape Henlopen.
Map a partially exposed wreck near Woodland Beach.
Map possible early dike structure in Blackbird Creek.
Additional work in the search for Revolutionary War shipwrecks near Philadelphia.For more information, email the chapter president, Dawn Cheshaek at