Maritime Remote Sensing Survey in St. Catherine’s Sound

Project Description: 

With Georgia Natural Resources Foundation support, maritime archaeologists from Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division and the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) from St. Augustine, Florida conducted remote sensing operations using side-scan sonar and underwater magnetometer search techniques to identify shipwrecks. Several areas were of particular interest during this phase including: sections of the Frederica River adjacent to Ft. Frederica National Monument (c. 1736-1760); the former colonial and early republic port of Sunbury, GA (c. 1757-1825); and selected creek confluences in St. Catherine’s Sound (Steamboat Enoch Dean, lost 1865). Partners in this project included the DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program from St. Augustine, and the Georgia Southern University Applied Coastal Research Laboratory in Savannah. The survey identified multiple magnetic targets which were identified for further investigation, which should be investigated by putting divers on the most promising anomalies for hands-on identification.

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Contact Info: 

Dave Crass at 770-389-7844 | david.crass@dnr.ga.gov