Episode 502: Sunken Stories
The oceans are a graveyard of man’s seafaring adventures. Today, underwater archaeologists are scouring the seafloor for clues to our maritime past. Changing Seas joins members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers, or NABS, as they learn how to map shipwrecks in Biscayne National Park. Teaming up with researchers from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, volunteers return to south Florida and apply their skills on a mysterious 19th Century slave ship. Later, we follow explorers from the Aurora Trust in Key Largo, Florida who use sonar and other remote sensing tools to create detailed maps of the ocean bottom.
Meet the experts featured in this episode.
Atlantis Dive Center
51 Garden Cove Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037
99340 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Schooner Jolly II Rover
Key West, Florida
Way Down Video Inc.
Key West, FL 33040
Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:
Dinizulu Gene Tinnie
National Association of Black Scuba Divers and DWP
1700 Slave Ship Henrietta Marie, 1699/ Drawing by Peter Copeland, in David Moore, Site Report: Historical and Archaeological Investigation of the Shipwreck Henrietta Marie
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
Library of Congress - Prints and
- Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-41678
- Illus. in AP2.H32 1860 Case Y [P&P]
- Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-53345
- LC-DIG-ppmsca-15836 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-10295 (b&w film copy neg.)
- LOT 4422-1 [item] [P&P]
- Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-15386
- Color Print: The Atlantic Slave Trade & Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record. Compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite. Sponsored by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities & University of Virginia Library.
- Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-89701
- PC/US - 1830.A000, no. 1
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
Sugar Plantation, San José de la Angosta, Cuba, 1857
Image Reference: Cantero1
Compiled by: Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite
Sponsored by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
University of Virginia Library.
Soldier Key Wreck
Experts at Biscayne National Park conduct an archaeological survey on a site they call the "Soldier Key Wreck." Little is known about this wreck, but researchers still managed to find tiny clues that could reveal important information about the ship's past.
Drama on the Schooner
"Fire in the hole!" The folks at Schooner Jolly II Rover tours in Key West, Florida welcomed us aboard their ship to film some dramatic re-enactments. Captain Rio O'bryan got into costume while the rest of the crew hoisted the sails and fired the cannon.
Corey Malcom from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum explains how ancient artifacts are re-created from encrusted objects that have been retrieved from the sea floor.
Diving With a Purpose
Excerpt from Changing Seas: "Sunken Stories"
In May 2012, members from the National Association of Black Scuba Divers traveled to Biscayne National Park for their annual underwater archaeology workshop called "Diving With a Purpose" (DWP). Changing Seas tagged along to see what it takes to make a map of a sunken shipwreck.
Corey Malcom from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum talks about the encrusted items recovered from a mid-16 century sailing ship.
Corey Malcom from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum explains the story behind a pair of cannons dating back to 1564.