Location: Monte Cristi, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running Maritime Archaeological Projects in Monte Cristi on the north coast of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. ADMAT are very excited to be undertaking a survey on Le Dragon in July 2018.
In 1783 Le Dragon was the last French warship lost in the American Revolutionary War, literally by hours. This is a unique opportunity to join ADMAT’s maritime archaeological project in the historic town of Monte Cristi on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. ADMAT is working with Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático (ONPCS) and ADMAT-FRANCE based at the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (UMR-CNRS 7194), to conduct a maritime archaeological survey and excavation of this important American/English/French shipwreck.
The plan for the 2018 season, is to uncover the starboard side of the ship, locate the stern section if possible and to conduct a gradiometer survey of the surrounding area. The team will also see if we can find the figurehead which we believe is of General Washington.
Latest Research undertaken by PhD student Florence Prudhomme of ADMAT-FRANCE has proven that Le Dragon was an English Privateer and an American Privateer before that. When launched as an American Privateer she was called the Washington.
Other surveys will take place at different times during the year, so please keep looking at ADMAT's web page for further information. Please contact Dr Spooner for further information if you want to join the Team.
The work is being carried out for the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) the Government department responsible for underwater cultural heritage. This project will instruct students survey and exploration techniques as well as documentation of artifacts. This is open for all students or volunteers over 18 years of age, with a minimum qualification of PADI Open Water / BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent. The project language is English. Two week slots are available. Full information about these projects can be found on ADMAT's website. This is a hands on course going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from The Tile Wreck. For further information on this and other projects, please look at ADMAT's website www.admat.org.uk.
Period(s) of Occupation: A.D. 1783 - 1800
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks for diving one week for artefact handling courses
Room and Board Arrangements
Accommodation will be at ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Centre in Monte Cristi. Full board included. Additional information is available on the project website www.admat.org.uk
J. Richard Steffy, Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks, 1994, 1998, College Station, Texas