Monday, September 12, 2011
|St. Johns River|
|Site ID Team|
|Todd Bosinski, Blackwater Divers; Toni Wallace, FPAN-NE; Pete, Daytona Beach News-Journal Photographer; Jeff Moates, FPAN-WC|
|Todd at controls of his dive boat|
|Side Scanner Screen|
Yes, we had quite a wreck. The boat measured about 60 feet long and 10 feet wide. Measurements were taken and fixtures identified mostly by feel as the dark waters did not permit visual id's. The boat was probably an early 20th century gas powered launch, very well made.
|Burned wood planking from the wreck|
There was evidence of burning as a piece of the burned wood was brought to the surface and then returned. Although none of the superstructure remained, the hull, planking, frames and wood fasteners were preserved underwater. Even the tiller still worked. We named the wreck Bosinski's Wreck # 1 as Todd has others to show us in the rivers, lakes and off shore waters of Northeast Florida.
|Site plan of wreck|
Toni will complete the Shipwreck Form for the Florida Master Site File (FMSF) and submit it to the State Division of Historic Resources. A hand drawn site map of the wreck, prepared by Jeff, an experienced diver and marine archaeologist, will be included. Bosinski's Wreck #1 will now be listed on the FMSF. Although the FMSF does not provide for explicit protection of a listed ship wreck, it does record it in case of activities that might negatively impact it in the future. We commend Todd and his company, Blackwater Divers, for their interest in identifying and recording Florida's marine archaeological resources.
|Tom Knox interviewing Todd Bosinski for the News-Journal|
The Daytona Beach News-Journal has promised a feature article on the dive. We look forward to continuing our work with Todd. Next on the schedule, a possible St. Johns River steam boat. Stay tuned!