JUPITER, Fla. - Divers from the United States Navy have set up shop off the coast of Jupiter.
They’re exploring a plane wreck from World War II discovered by local diver Randy Jordan.
“I really feel like, finally, we’re going to find out who belonged to that airplane and if somebody is in it,” Jordan said.
He stumbled upon the wreckage of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver in December. Instructed to not touch the tiny two-seater, all he could do was wonder.
“I was starting to lose hope we were going to find out too much about it. It’s in 185 feet of water,” Jordan said.
But two weeks ago, the Navy called to say they’d be coming with a team of divers and with archeologist Heather Brown.
“We’re here to preserve the history and heritage of the Navy. This is one of the planes that helped fight World War II,” Brown said. Read more.
VERGENNES — Vermont’s Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is going to be searching for the location of the shipyard used to build U.S. Navy vessels used to repel a British attack on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.
The museum will use a grant of almost $24,000 from the National Park Service to undertake an archaeological survey to find the precise location of the shipyard.
U.S. Navy Commodore Thomas McDonough built a fleet at a yard on the Otter Creek in Vergennes prior to the 1814 British invasion of New York state.
On Sept. 11, 1814 McDonough used the fleet built at Vergennes to defeat the British fleet at the Battle of Plattsburgh.
Maritime Museum Archaeologist Joanne Dennis says she expects the dig to take place in October. (source)
NOAA and the U.S. Navy embarked today on a two-day research expedition to survey the condition of two sunken Civil War vessels that have rested on the seafloor of the James River in Hampton Roads, Va., for nearly 150 years.
Using state-of-the-art sonar technology to acquire data, researchers will create three-dimensional maps of the two shipwrecks, USS Cumberland and CSS Florida, to analysis on their current conditions and better understand the technological innovations of the time.
“The remains of the USS Cumberland and CSS Florida, preserved in the waters of Hampton Roads, remind us of the sacrifices made during the Civil War and give us a unique and rare opportunity to explore a pivotal chapter in our nation’s history,” said David Alberg, superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “NOAA is pleased to be part of a project that increases understanding of America’s maritime heritage.” Read more.