By: Peter Sittig
Tuesday: With Monday being a holiday for the Fourth of July weekend, it was unfortunate to wake up Tuesday morning with a downpour of rain. But being well-versed in rain days, the graduate supervisors quickly assembled two mock wrecks at Marine Services for the field school students to practice their DSM (Direct Survey Method) skills. DSM is a method of recording points on shipwrecks along with the aid of computer software to effectively map out an entire wreck with only limited data points.
By: Lynn Fobian
Thursday was a beautiful day for diving. The survey team went back to Blackwater to practice the “Direct Survey Method” on the Palafox and to dive on target #8. The bow of the Palafox is facing the shore in a south-west direction. Peter and I worked as a team to record the datums on the Palafox, so that we could later plug them into the computer. Direct Survey Method is very tedious work, but it is also a lot of fun. The supervisors conducted a circle search on target #8, and determined that it might be a debris field from the Geo. T. Locke or Guana Cast.