Nautical Archaeology

The Institute’s efforts in nautical archaeology include:

  • A study of two shipwrecks at Hart’s Cove near the mouth of the Piscataqua River. One, dating from the 17th century may be a colonial Shallop. The other, a merchant vessel, dates to the 18th century.
  • A study to document the sunken remains of the mail steamer Stella Marion in Newfound Lake
  • The recovery of a portion of hull from the Schooner LIZZIE CARR which wrecked on Wallis Sands Beach, Rye NH. The conserved hull section is on display at the Seacoast Science Center.
  • INHS (and Plymouth State University) is the fiscal agent of the SERAPIS Project. SERAPIS was captured by John Paul Jones in the famous naval engagement of the American Revolution. Currently the Project is involved in the investigation of the wreck of SERAPIS off the coast of Madagascar
  • Contracts with the Department of Transportation to complete an underwater survey of:
    • a crib work millrace at Lakeport, NH prior to construction and relocation of the Lakeport Bridge.
    • the original Shaker Bridge constructed in 1844 across Lake Mascoma. This Survey was necessary prior to the replacement of the current bridge.
    • the seabed under and adjacent to the Dover-Newington Bridge prior to a planned project to widen the bridge.


David Switzer

SS 3640 – Archaeological Field Methods: Nautical


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