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Rockley Bay Research Project

Summer 2014 season begins

We are back in Tobago after the extremely successful remote-sensing survey carried out in March – thank you, J. B. Pelletier, for all that you did for us! It was a pleasure to work with you!

Three team members, Professor Nigel Nayling of University of Wales Trinity St David, Mr. Jason Paterniti and Kroum Batchvarov arrived in Tobago on the 22nd, followed a couple of days later by Tom Lacey, one of my former students from UCONN. Our dive platform again is the M/V Blu Spartan owned and operated by Captain Ian “Wabba” Milne.

We undertook a few preliminary dives on TRB-5, which was located during the March survey and were rewarded by at least one more cannon. Now we have confirmed the presence of seven, possibly eight cannon on the site. Bricks, possibly from a gallery, have been found in high concentration and preliminary measurements suggest that they conform to the standard established in the 1640s in the Dutch city of Leiden. The cannon, too, are consistent with 17th century date, but are too heavily concreted to be able to tell much about them.

We are looking forward to a productive season!