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College of Arts & Sciences
Maritime Research Division


Bahamas

In 1995, SCIAA's Christopher Amer and Jonathan Leader were invited by the Bahamian government to spearhead the recovery and conservation of a Lucayan ceremonial canoe. the 500 year old canoe was discovered in May of 1995 lying on a submerged ledge 60 feet down a cave called the Stargate Blue Hole on the island of Andros. In September of that year, Amer and Leader travelled to Andros to initiate the archaeological recovery and conservation of the 2 meter long craft. The vessel made teh voyage to Nassau aboard the the M/V Ballymena, a charter craft loaned to the project. The canoe, made from Madeira wood, is the oldest vessel ever recovered in the region. The canoe is undergoing conservation at the Pompey Museum in Nassau under the direction of Dr. Gail Saunders, Director General of Heritage.