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Naval Archaeology


We continue to learn about our national history through archaeological finds. One of the most historical naval finds especially in regards to the War of 1812 is the location and ongoing excavation of the USS Scorpion. 

USS Scorpion was a 48-foot sloop-rigged floating battery built in 1812 for defense against the British forces. Equipped for rowing and with a draft of only 4.5 feet, it was ideal for service in the shallow riverways of the northeast coast.

The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) and the U.S. Naval Institute have been working together on the excavation of the USS Scorpion from the Patuxent River in Maryland. Learn more about the USS Scorpion and its' excavation through the following links:

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USS Scorpion

USS Scorpion, the first American naval vessel of that name, was a 48-foot sloop-rigged floating battery built in 1812 for defense against the British forces. Equipped for rowing and with a draft of only 4.5 feet, it was ideal for service in the shallow riverways of the northeast coast.

Visit the USS Scorpion Pages
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USS Scorpion Excavation

The NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has concluded the 2011 field investigation of the Patuxent River ship wreck believed to be the remains of USS Scorpion.

Visit the USS Scorpion Excavation Report

Naval Archaeology Sites

To learn more about Naval Archaeology, in general, and the Navy's research, please visit the following pages:

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Underwater Archaeology Blog

The overall research objective of the Branch is to interpret the Navy's experience by applying the science of archaeology on the Navy's sunken ship and aircraft wrecks.

http://www.navalhistory.org/category/underwater-archaeology/
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Underwater Archaeology Page

The Naval History & Heritage Command's Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB): Assists the Director of Naval History and the Department of the Navy in all matters related to the science of underwater archaeology and the identification, research, interpretation, preservation, conservation, inventory, and management of U.S. Navy's historic sunken military crafts.

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/nhcorg12.htm

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