Diving on a 1720's French Shipwreck in the Dominican Republic

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Posted by John Downing on June 17, 2008 at 11:47:19:

I have just completed a two weeks trip to Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic diving on an interesting shipwreck and completing two certifications, ADMAT Survey Diver and Search and Recovery Diver.

It was a fantastic experience. Diving for over 30 hours in ten days with lectures and ground work before and after. Working directly with Dr. Spooner (Simon) was a great deal of fun.

The Tile Wreck (true name unknown as of now) was carrying a unique cargo of thousands of terra cotta tiles, hand carved granite blocks, and a vast quantity of French faeince ware pottery. What was the destination of this cargo? We excavated two one meter square blocks under the supervision of Dr. Spooner a maritime archaeologist from the UK.

ADMAT has worked on this wreck for over four years now recovering cannon, a breech loading swivel cannon, anchors, and many smaller artifacts such as dutch clay pipes, buttons, and personal effects of the crew. All of these artifacts are being preserved in the numerous water tanks at the ADMAT center.

Our work was excavation, recovery, and archiving artifacts and recovery of six of the granite blocks. Learning how to excavate and to raise the granite blocks was quite a challenge.

Lots of fun and a great learning experience.

John 'Go' Downing

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