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Maritime Research Division

MRD Gets Into Shipshape

The New Boat Makes Her Maiden Voyage


After nearly 20 years and countless archaeological field projects the MRD is saying goodbye to one of the most important members of our team and hello to someone new. Nothing is more important to our ability to do quality archaeological work than a good boat. The C-hawk (pictured above) has served us well. She has been up and down nearly every river in the state and has made countless voyages offshore. She had her farewell voyage this summer on the Cooper River. She took our team out to get some dive training and say farewell to the waters she knew so well. The C-Hawk let us know that she didn't want to go by blowing a tire on the way home, she put in a good fight but in the end it was time. Our new vessel is larger and more suited to a variety of different conditions and waterways. She is larger and can carry a larger team out on projects. We took her out to stretch her legs and monitor the stone fleet last month, the vessel was amazing. While we will miss the C-Hawk but our new boat will make life much easier (and warmer) and we look forward to all the research and preservation she will assist in!


The new 26-ft Scully aluminum workboat in the bayous of Louisiana prior to arrival in South Carolina. (Courtesy Scully Aluminum Boats, Inc.).