Historic Shipwreck on the St. Johns River -- The Dylan C. Ketch discovery
During the 2018 field season, archaeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeology Maritime Program (LAMP) encountered a historic wreck in the St. Johns River north of Palatka. For a week, a team explored and researched the wreck. This presentation discusses the finding and places a broader context to the wreck and the river's history. Brendan Burke is a maritime archaeologist who has lived and researched in northeast Florida since 2007. His primary research interests include the history of shrimping and the shrimp trawler industry. In 2013 he co-authored the book Shrimp Boat City. Brendan has an avid interest in wood use throughout the history of boat and shipbuilding and collaborated with Dr. Lee Newsom of Flagler College to examine historic shipwrecks based on their timbers. When not in the lab, Brendan can be found aboard the research vessel Empire Defender, exploring Florida's waters for historic shipwrecks. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and anthropology from Longwood University and a master's degree in anthropology from The College of William and Mary.