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Dive Trip, October 18-30, 1998

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During part of the October dive trip, a boat was generously provided by the Texas General Land Office.
In late October 1998 the Denbigh Project team organized a two-week dive trip to the shipwreck site to continue mapping the exposed remains and conduct limited probing to determine the extent of buried hull and machinery features.  Operations were significantly hindered by poor visibility and tidal current at the site, but the team did manage to complete further mapping of the central machinery spaces and to follow the line of buried shell plating approximately 10m (33ft.) both forward and aft of the sidewheels.
The October dives were also used to evaluate the usefulness of the Denbigh site as a location for a nautical archaeology field school.  While the site offers many advantages, including diving in shallow, semi-sheltered water and close proximity to Texas A&M - Galveston, it was felt that the poor visibility on the site would present challenges for beginning archaeology divers.

Special assistance during the October dives was provided by the Scientific Diving Program at TAMUG, Dr. Cheryl Ward of TAMUG, the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program of the Texas General Land Office and Tom's Dive and Ski of Austin.

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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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