Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Dave Conlin studied
anthropology and archeology as an undergraduate at Reed College in
Portland Oregon and continued his graduate studies in archeology at
Oxford University in England and at Brown University in Providence, Rhode
Island. He was the field director for the recovery of the Confederate submarine
H. L. Hunley in 2000, the
Ellis Island Ferry in 2002 and the
Lake Mead B-29 in 2002 and 2003.
The VideoRay with YSI collects data on
Arizona's interior. NPS photo by Brett Seymour.
Today we continued
our interior investigations with the Videoray
ROV, gathering data from deep inside Arizona at the third
deck level towards the stern, where blast and fire damage from the
December 7th explosion was minimal. Our YSI sonde monitors seven
different parameters as the ROV carries it through the ship and today,
as we have seen in the past, we saw a huge drop in dissolved oxygen as
we moved further into the wreck.
The Admiral of the Arizona Memorial
fleet of one, Art makes a run in our Boston Whaler. Photo by Brett
Rather than bore
everyone with pH and dissolved oxygen data we wanted to take some
time towards the end of the project to highlight our secret weapon
and the reason this project has run as well as it has, our one-man
logistics empire, Art Ireland. Arthur Keith Ireland, a talented
terrestrial archeologist in his own right with more than thirty
years of public service, occasionally gets a pass from his normal
duties to come out and work like a galley slave with the SRC team.
On any given day, while the rest of the team are flooding ROVs,
wrangling mung out of portholes or riding herd on our bevy of
scientists, Art will be making runs to the dive shop for tanks,
driving the boat, getting ice for the cooler or any number of
workaday tasks that would keep the rest of us all occupied. As I
said in an earlier post, even with all this, he still has time for a
few salty comments about the quality of what we're currently
kludging together, a timely jibe about that project back in Dry
Tortugas 10 years ago when one of my team screwed up the data and
only Art could figure it out and save two weeks worth of work, or a
not-so-oblique reference to one of our many past snafus that he was
able to witness firsthand. Art -- rarely grumpy, but always gruff --
has been the SRC's secret weapon for longer than Matt Russell, Brett
Seymour or myself have been involved with the National Park
Service. So while we would never tell him to his face, we would
happily tell any stranger that cares to read it on the web that Art
is one of the most important assets SRC has in the field.
A familiar site to the team after a dive, Art stands at the ready to
assist with gear. NPS photo by Brett Seymour.
Art Ireland supervises dive operations at
Pearl Harbor. NPS photo by Brett Seymour.