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Underwater Images

Visibility on the Denbigh wreck site is generally very poor, due in part to the high levels of river silt that pass through Galveston Bay and into the Gulf of Mexico.  On most days, visibility is only a few inches, and the divers must do their work more by touch than by sight.  For several days in July 1999, however, the visibility improved to about two feet, allowing Assistant Project Director Tom Oertling to take these photographs.
sunderwater1.jpg (1634 bytes) The Denbigh wreck site has long been popular with fishermen; it's easy to see why.  The photography scale shown is marked in centimeters.
sunderwater2.jpg (1448 bytes) Part of the feathering sidewheel frame is sillouetted against sunlight from above.
sunderwater3.jpg (1682 bytes) More fish, this time investigating an opening on the ship's boiler casing.
sunderwater4.jpg (2231 bytes) Another opening on the boiler casing.
sunderwater5.jpg (1763 bytes) The open end of a fitting on Denbigh's machinery.


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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: (  
Sunday, July 16, 2000 Revision.

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