Peter D. Fix, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist
Watercraft Conservator

Dr. Fix grew up on the coast of southeastern Connecticut where he fell in love with watercraft of all types. An avid sailor from the age of six, growing up he spent half the year sailing and racing sailboats on Fishers Island Sound, and the rest of the year reading about history. In 1981 he began his career in the field of historic maritime preservation at Mystic Seaport Museum Mystic, CT working first for the Education Department and later for the Museum’s Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard. It was this love of watercraft, and the encouragement of several prominent marine archaeologists and preservationists, that led him to enter the graduate program in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University in September of 1996.

In January 1997, he began working for the Conservation Research Lab where he has served in several capacities over the last two decades. He has directed field work and developed archaeological and conservation plans for sunken aircraft in Irian Jaya, Indonesia and in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Dr. Fix was the principal conservator for the 17th-Century French ship La Belle and head of her reconstruction in the Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX. Currently he is Co-Principal Investigator for the conservation of two disarticulated 18th-Century ships, from New York City and Alexandria VA, and two dugout canoes from Louisiana.



Contract Services

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Technical Reports

Report No. 1 Silicone and Polymer Technologies: An Additional Tool in Conservation

Report No. 2 Re-treatment of PEG Treated Waterlogged Wood

Report No. 3 Re-Treatment of a PEG Treated Composite Artifact - A Sabot

Report No. 4 Conservation of Waterlogged Leather Using Polymers

Report No. 5 Silicone Oil: A New Technique for Preserving Waterlogged Rope

Report No. 6 Conservation of 17th Century Canvas Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 7 Silicone Bulking of Waterlogged Cork Using PS340, PS341 and PS343 Silicone Oils

Report No. 8 Conservation of Waterlogged Corn Cobs Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 9 Consolidation of Formalin Treated Marine Crustacean Specimens Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 10 Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) Leather Dressing

Report No. 11 Mass Spectrographic Analysis of Out Gasses Created From The Dehydration of Archaeological Wood Samples

Report No. 12 Preservation of a Dog Heart Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 13 Preservation of a Dog Heart Using Silicone Oils: A Second Approach

Report No. 14 Preservation of Kelp Specimens

Report No. 15 Conservation of Devitrified Glass with Methylhydrocyclosiloxanes and Silicone Oils

Report No. 16 Polymerization of Polyethylene Glycol and Glycerine

Report No. 17 Polymerization Potentials of Polyethylene Glycol Compounds Commonly Used in Archaeological Artifact Conservation

Report No. 18 Polymerization of PR-10, PR-12 and PR-14 Silicone Oils In Animal Hides Using Catalyst Fumes - Keratin and Amino Acid Cross Linking

Report No. 19 Polymerization of Archaeological Waterlogged Wood Treated With Polyethylene Glycol

Report No. 20 Comparison of the Bulking Abilities of Polyethylene Glycol 1450 and PS341 Silicone Monomers--In progress--

Report No. 21 Tanning of Animal Hides Using Silicone Oils--In progress--

Report No. 22 Induced Flash Polymerization Using Low Neutron Flux Radiation-In progress