By: Benjamin Garrett
Tuesday half of our group went to EPII and half went to Seminole. At EPII the group dove on the target that was identified last Friday as a possible wreck site. Divers identified it as a modern vessel based on the roundness of the timbers and the whiteness of the oyster shell. Once this determination was made, the target was abandoned and the group headed to another target for investigation. D. Haddock and J. Grinnan completed a circle search but did not find anything of interest. A plan was made to hit another target however, this plan was abandoned on account of the weather and the day was ended early.
At Seminole there is a 19th century steamboat that was sunk and moved to its resting spot at the outside of a riverbend. It is resting at a 45 degree angle. The remains of a paddlewheel are sticking out of the water. Divers went into the water to investigate the wreck. First, we had an overview of the wreck and then they started taking measurement of individual pieces such as the paddlewheel. Some of the divers got to see the nameplate and boilers excess steam container as well as other parts of the boat. Then it started to rain bringing the day to an end and they went to make drawings of what was measured.
By: Stephanie Poole
Inside of the museum, we encountered the first American plane to fly across the Atlantic, an incredibly detailed model of the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, and a multitude of planes from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. In addition to aircraft, the museum also contained a section devoted to the U.S. Navy’s involvement in space travel. This fascinating day of discovery was topped off by a ride in the Blue Angels flight simulator. Overall, this was an awesome way to spend a rainy day in Pensacola, Florida.
It was a bit of a rocky start for the B-Street team. Not only were the clouds rolling in and the wind picking up when we arrived at the boat launch but a rogue wing nut found its way into the tire of our boat trailer rapidly deflating it. It seemed that all was against us but as the day wore on, the sun came out, the bay calmed down, and our luck changed. We began to excavate the stern of the wreck uncovering hull structure, and collecting wood samples, treenails, concretions, nails, and clay. A large iron object was uncovered, however the use of this object has yet to be determined.
Not only were we excited to get back in the water but the fish were excited to see us coming. The sheepshead gathered around us to say hello and inspect our work. The day proved to be very successful resulting in a map of the stern portion of the vessel, and the beginning of a nice collection of artifacts.
It should also be mournfully noted that today the oil made its first appearance on the Pensacola beaches.