The Maritime Research Division has conducted a number of surveys around the state that assess a variety of areas in a regional context. This allows for a number of sites to be identified and recorded over a large area.
In 2005, the MRD partnered with Coastal Carolina University to survey Winyah Bay for a 16th century Spanish ship thought to have wrecked off the coast of Georgetown, South Carolina.
For the first two weeks in August of 2013, the Maritime Research Division (MRD) and a number of volunteers conducted an archaeological survey of Black Mingo Creek and two potential ferryboats at Brown’s Ferry Landing in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties
In 2008, the MRD was awarded an American Battlefield Protection Program grant administered by the National Park Service to study the naval and combined operations at the Charleston Harbor Naval Battlefield during the American Civil War.
In 1992, under the direction of South Carolina sport diver Jimmy Moss and the guidance from SCIAA's Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, a group of volunteer sport divers conducted a preliminary historical and archaeological survey of a portion of the West Branch of the Cooper River.
In 1999, the MRD implemented the Great Pee Dee River survey to inventory submerged cultural resources from Mars Bluff to Cheraw.
The South Carolina Naval Wreck Survey was a joint five-year study conducted by the MRD and the Naval Historical Center. The project, completed in 2003, compiled historical and cultural data of US Navy vessles lost in South Carolina waters as well as remote sensing operations of prioritized sites and areas of naval activity, primarily from the Civil War.
The Port Royal Sound Survey, begun in 1997, is an ongoing project to record submerged and inter-tidal cultural resources such as shipwrecks, abandonded vessels, landings, and other maritime sites. Two sub-components of the survey are the search for the Le Prince, a 16th century French wreck, and the Callawassie Island Survey.