Project 1999 Site Plan
During the 1999 field season, three test units were
excavated on the Denbigh site. These units were chosen to provide as much
information as possible about the original construction of the ship, the condition of the
wreck's structure today, and the condition of any cargo or other hull contents that might
remain. The three units selected were:
- Test Unit 1, port side, aft of paddle wheels and
engine room. In the area of the foremost deckhouse, extending atwartship from the
side shell plating to the centerline of the ship and down to the keel.
- Test Unit 2, port side, about midway between the
paddlewheels and the stem. In the area of the main hold, extending atwartship from
the side shell plating to the centerline of the ship and down to the keel.
- Test Unit 3, port side amidships, immediately aft of
the paddlewheels and directly over the vessel's port side diagonal engine. Very
brief excavation to confirm the presence of the engine and associated machinery.
A summary of the findings of the 1999 Denbigh
field season will be added in the near future.
Site plan showing test units (TUs) excavated in the 1999 field season.
Reconstructed hull plan
courtesy Robert Holcombe, Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center, Columbus, Georgia.