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1999 Summer Field Season

The Denbigh Project's 1999 two-month summer field season began June 1.  The team assembled for the summer fieldwork represented three nations, the United States, the United Kingdom and France -- which, coincidentally, are the same nations whose investors had Denbigh fitted out as a blockade runner in 1863.

Objectives for the 1999 summer field season include completing mapping of the exposed remains of the Denbigh wreck, identifying key features of the structure of the vessel, and conducting test excavations in selected locations to determine how well the ship's fittings, machinery and cargo have been preserved.

The Denbigh Project crew operate out of Texas A&M Galveston (TAMUG), which has generously provided the use of its facilities for project activities.  In addition to its full-time field season staff, the Denbigh Project also has recruited a number of volunteers, including John and Jeff Erskine, Jim Cornette, Nathan Blakemore and Laura Masters, an undergraduate at TAMUG.


sconserve2.jpg (4861 bytes) Denbigh Project team members Richard Cane (l.) and Jim Cornette cut down plastic drums for use in the project's conservation lab.  Artifacts recovered from the ship will be kept in water until they can be transported to the main lab at Texas A&M in College Station.
serskine3.jpg (4751 bytes) Volunteers John Erskine (l.) and his son Jeff prepare to dive on the Denbigh wreck site.  John Erskine's great-grandfather, Robert Horlock, was a member of Denibigh's crew on its final trips through the blockade.
skeyes1.jpg (5454 bytes) Denbigh Project diver Sara Keyes prepares to go over-the-side on the wreck site.  Keyes, a graduate student in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M in Colege Station, is a veteran of the LaSalle Shipwreck Project of 1995-97.
shammer.jpg (3444 bytes) In the technology-intensive field of nautical archaeology, it takes a delicate and sensitive touch to keep things running.  Project diver Marc-Elie Pau (left) finesses a baulky fitting with a sledge hammer as (l. to r.) Eric Van Velzen, Barto Arnold and Sara Keyes watch.
stom_doze.jpg (3718 bytes) After spending the morning diving on the wreck, Assistant Project Director Tom Oertling takes a moment to, er, ruminate on the afternoon's activities.


Finally, the Denbigh Project team would like to thank Texas A&M University at Galveston for its generous assistance throughout the course of the project, and particularly during the 1999 Summer Field Season.  Gig 'em, Sea Aggies!

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What's New?

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"An Extremely Fast Boat" | The "Mobile Packet" | A "Bold Rascal" | Denbigh Today
Denbigh's Crew | The Erlanger Loan | Birkenhead-Built: An Unrivaled Legacy
Denbigh Primary Source Documents | Galveston During the Civil War | Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
The U.S. Coast Survey and the Blockade, 1861 | The Ship's Library: Recommended Reading
Running the Blockade Into Galveston: A Personal Narrative | Denbigh Day-by-Day
Denbigh Portrait | Official Number 28,647 | Valve Chest Animation (300kb) | Investors
Links of Interest | Denbigh F.A.Q. | Denbigh's Engines | Denbigh's Boiler
Feathering Sidewheel


April 27-28 Side Scan Survey | May 7-10 Site Mapping
June 16-17 Sub-Bottom Profiling | Site Mapping, July 9-12, 1998 | Dive Trip, October 18-30, 1998
Underwater Images | 1999 Summer Field Season | Denbigh Site Plan
Jerry Williams Speaking Tour | Denbigh Project Benefit Dinner |
Denbigh Artifacts | 2000 Field Crew | 2000 Field Crew Photo Album |
The Denbigh Wreck Site: A Quicktime VR Panaorama
Connecting Rod Recovery, July 22-24, 2000 | Modeling a Shipwreck
Credits & Thank-Yous

J. Barto Arnold et al. 1998-2000, The Denbigh Project, World Wide Web,
Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University, E-mail: (  
Tuesday, April 18, 2000 Revision.

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