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Divers Helping Explore Wrecks Under Lake Union Win Award

March 29, 2012

We’re so thrilled to learn today that the state’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in Olympia has given a special historic preservation achievement award to the Maritime Documentation Society (MDS). Those are the volunteer divers helping The Center for Wooden Boats, The Burke Museum, and the state DNR explore and document the remains of sunken vessels on the floor of Seattle’s Lake Union.

This is an awesome award for Dan Warter, Erik Foreman, Chris Borgens and the entire MDS team.

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The full state announcment is here: http://www.dahp.wa.gov/blog/2012/03/dahp-honors-outstanding-achievements-in-historic-preservation/#more-2961     But here’s the good bit.

“A special achievement award will go to the Maritime Documentation Society (MDS) for its work to explore and document the remains of sunken vessels on the floor of Seattle’s Lake Union.  Inspired by Dick Wagner at the Center for Wooden Boats and undertaken in coordination with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), core MDS members Dan Warter, Erik Foreman, Chris Borgens have been leading scuba diving teams to survey the lake bottom searching for submerged historic sites. Donating their own time, equipment, and funds to the project, the team has systematically and meticulously mapped and documented over 40 sunken vessels and objects. While recording information about these resources, the MDS divers have taken care to leave the sites undisturbed in order to protect their integrity and educational value about the region’s maritime heritage.” 

There will be a special awards presentation in May, which is also National Historic Preservation Month, where Dr. Allyson Brooks, the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer, will present their award.

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The timing for this could not be better.  We just posted a new video about the exploration of the bottom of Lake Union on the CWB YouTube Channel. This video was created by film students at the Art Institute of Seattle. And they did a great job!   Take a look.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgsuJD-BenE&list=UUDmVCQnLKlNmmmsLdh0_HaA&index=1&feature=plcp

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