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Diving Lake Champlain...
The Valcour Bay Research Project-X
June 20-23, 2001
With the boat anchored above the cannon site, Greg Durocher & Dennis OíNeil went to work below. Roger Harwood moved back and forth, from the work on the surface to assist with work at depth. As expected, their visibility was drastically reduced as they worked around the gun. The first line was tightened at the cannon's muzzle and it was slowly winched out of the silt for the first time in nearly 225 years.
Once the sediment finally released its grip, the team attached a second line to the broken end of the gun. The gun had been well protected in its deep cover of silt and clay; it was in excellent condition and the team discovered the broken end still had a dangerously sharp edge. The second line was tightened until the gun was brought into a horizontal position. The team then positioned its pallet and gently lowered it into place.
Dennis and Greg are recent arrivals to the VBRP team. Iíve been told they share many years of shared experiences, from working together on cars and boats to learning how to scuba dive. They appeared to enjoy the challenge of this difficult phase of the recovery as much as I enjoyed filming their work. It was amazing to watch them communicate underwater with ease, by reading each otherís eyes or simple movements of their hands. Rogerís experience, advice and assistance were also a definite plus. Any of the three is a diverís diver.
Click on the thumbnails below to see full-size images of the preparations.
Continued here: Recovery Operations-(Underwater) Phase 2
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