2015 Shipwreck Weekend Schedule. No registration required!

April 11th, 2015

Scoates Hall and the Anthropology Building

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Keynote Lecture - Saturday - April 11th, 2015 - 11:00am
Scoates Hall Room 208

The Studies in Nautical Traditions Lecture Series Presents:
Arthur B. Cohn

Arthur B. Cohn

Arthur B. Cohn, an affiliated scholar of Texas A&M University's nautical archaeology program, is the co-founder of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and has worked for decades on preserving the cultural heritage and shipwrecks of Lake Champlain. Throughout his career at Lake Champlain, one of Cohn's major goals has been to manage the invasive species, including zebra mussels and quagga mussels, that have recently begun to compromise the integrity of the over 300 shipwrecks in Lake Champlain.

As a result of a complete sonar sweep of the lake in the late 1980s, early 1990s, one perfectly preserved shipwreck was discovered resting in very deep water. Upon closer investigation, the wreck was determined to be Spitfire, Benedict Arnold's long-lost gunboat from the Revolutionary War. Spitfire has been excellently preserved by the cold, fresh waters of Lake Champlain, and until recently has been well-protected from variables like treasure hunters, currents, ice, boats and invasive species due to its significant depth. Unfortunately, with the recent invasion of quagga mussels to the waters of Lake Champlain, Spitfire is now at risk of being compromised by these foreign pests. Knowing time is now limited, Cohn has opened a dialogue on possible preservation and conservation plans for this incredible monument of historical and cultural heritage.


Cmac cover

Contemporary watercolor drawing of the American line of battle by Charles Randle. Drawing is titled as follows: New England Armed Vessels in Valcure Bay, Lake Champlain [including Royal Savage, Revenge, Lee, Trumble, Washington, Congress, Philadelphia, New York, Jersey,. Connecticut, Providence, New haven, Spitfire, Boston, and the Liberty] commanded by Benedict Arnold.


2014 Shipwreck Weekend Itinerary


Guest Speaker: Wendy Van Duivenvoorde

Batavia: Dutch East India Company Shipbuilding

10:00am Scoates Hall 208

Carolyn Kennedy

Keynote Speaker: Arthur Cohn

Benedict Arnold's Gunboat

11:00am Scoates Hall 208

Open House

Anthropology Building 1st floor

12:00pm - 5:00pm


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