The Santa Rosa Island Wreck project was sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, assisted by the Historic Preservation Advisory Council. Additional funding and resources were provided by the University of West Florida and the Archaeology Institute. This project was conducted under permits from the Florida Division of Historical Resources (9798.13, 9899.47, 9900.27, and 0001.22), the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (GUIS-01-001), Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to monetary and administrative support, the Santa Rosa Island Wreck Project would not have been possible without the interest, effort, and encouragement of a great many people. We would like to start by thanking the students, staff, and volunteers who contributed directly to the fieldwork during the various field seasons.
1998 Field Season
Students: Laurid Broughton, Jason Burns, John Edwards, Chuck Lapp, Erica Meyer, Jeff Moates, and James Hunter III.
Volunteers: Marion Bleser, Kit Carson, Harv Dickey, James Hunter, Jr., Hera Konstantinou, Jack "Bo" Materzyck, Kat Mitchell, Robin Moore, Dan Murray, Rhonda New, Kim Ransom, Dan Scott, Diane Shearer, Greg F. Salomon, Jim Wilson, and Jack Zwan.
We would like to give special thanks to "Captain" Daniel and Lisa Wakley for their time and the use of the M/V Argo.
1999 Field Season
Students: Christoph Bachhuber, Yancey Hudson, James W. Hunter III, Debin Richards, Ree Rodgers, Andrea White, Julie Wilburn, and John Rawls.
Volunteers: Al Bender, Nathan Coverdale, Amie Cox, Harv Dickey, Ashley Flynt, Stan Katz, Chuck Lapp, Jeff Moates, Adam Tipps, and "Captain" Dan Wakley.
Ed Delezen acted as boat captain for a portion of the 1999 field season and provided invaluable assistance as a seamanship instructor to the students.
2001 Field Season
Students: Jonathan Ard, Cyrus Canteenwalla, Susanne Grieve, Emily Jateff, Mark Jolle, Kyle Mathes, Jane Millard, Jeff Moates, Andrew Powers, Robert Price, Jason Raupp, Meagan Robison, John Rawls, and Ree Rogers.
Volunteers: Harv Dickey and Chuck Lapp.
2002 Field Season
Students: Cindy Bercot, Susanne Grieve, Lora Holland, Ben Kinser, Jeff Moates, Jason Raupp, Meagan Robison, Andrew Powers, and Robert Price.
Volunteers: Morgan Arnold, Bob Balink, Linda Balink-White, Matt Brewer, Sally Crenshaw, Robbie Davis, Harv Dickey, Rachel Detoro, Gene Feicht, Connie Franklin, Irina Franklin, Marianne Franklin, Evelyn Garner, Rocky Gallagher, Gene Geurin, John Hannon, Wes Keller, Mechelle Kerns, Lorraine Ketzler, Ann Kirkland, Michael Krivor, Chuck Lapp, Roberta Lapp, Dana Lowery, Ian McBroom, Chris Moniz, Chuck Niedbala, Alice Patterson, John Rawls, Carmen Rojas, Patrick Saloom, Frizt Sharar, Tiffany Sharar, Paul Sjordal, Andie Stahl, James Stengel, Julie Tippins Parker, Nancy Van Epps, Bill Von Brock, Sam Von Brock, Suzanne Weathers, Tim Weikert, Nathan Williams, and Ed Williamson.
Recognition is also given to Captain Keith Plaskett (UWF's Marine Services Supervisor), Eric Hinote, and Andrew Powers for field logistics and safety.
A number of professionals in a variety of disciplines also provided valuable input and assistance during all phases of research. These include Lee McKenzie at UWF's Archaeology Institute, who assisted with graphics and figures; Cathy Parker for analyzing the faunal collection; Marie Pokrant for taking numerous photographs of the artifact assemblage; Norma Harris for identifying the aboriginal ceramics; Dr. Roger C. Smith and Della Scott-Ireton of the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research for their on site advice and assistance during all field campaigns; Dr. Roy A. Whitmore, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Forestry, University of Vermont provided all wood identifications included in this report; Dr. Cheryl Ward of Florida State University provided us with identifications and instruction for the recovery of botanical specimens. Marianne Franklin and Billy Ray Morris shared their notes from the initial survey of the Santa Rosa Island Wreck. Dr. Patricia Fournier of the División de Posgrado Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico identified the Oaxacan majolica recovered from the shipwreck. Dr. Kathleen Deagan and Al Woods provided access to the artifact type collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Thomas Oertling shared data on ships bilge pumps and pump machinery. Dr. Gregory Waselkov of the University of Southern Alabama helped establish a temporal framework for the bottles recovered from the wreck. William L. Howe, M.D., kindly allowed James Hunter III to document ceramics collected from the wreck during the 1980's and arranged for X-rays and CT scanning of the wooden box recovered during the 1999 field season. Donna Santiago and Valerie Saleeby (CT technicians), JoAnn Rose (Manager, Diagnostic Imaging), and Dr. Jim Duncan (radiologist) assisted with the CAT scan procedure the Gulf Breeze Hospital.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of the United States Navy, Coastal Systems Station, Panama City, Florida, who provided the projec's work platform for the 1999 and 2001 campaigns. Special thanks to Dale Rhinehart for making this possible.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Naval Air Station, Pensacola. Port Operations and Morale, Recreation, and Welfare provided us with a base of operations as well as encouragement in our work in 1999 and 2001. Special thanks to Captain Mike Denkler, LCMDR Tink L. Ecuyer, BMC William Lindloff, Supervisory Recreation Specialist Mike Helms, General Clerk Erica Valdez, and Marine Equipment and Repair Specialist Preston Pallas.
The crew of U.S.N. Inshore Boat Unit 16, NAS Pensacola are recognized by the authors for their assistance with the 1998 remote sensing survey of the site. Thanks to LCdr Paul Thorpe, Lt Wesley Odom, Douglas S. Anderson (OS1), Jeffrey L. Andrews (OS1), Dewey J. Barker (STG2), Charles G. Baugh (RM2), Vickie Beck (ENFA), Jason B. Boyer (YN3), Brian R. Brinley (ET2), James A. Donaldson (QM1), Paul H. Engels (MS1), Jerry S. Gillman (EM2), John W. Gorham (BM1), Anthony C. Grier (MM2), Jack T. Hitchcock (OS2), Ermma Hoopaugh (EN2), Jeremy E. Laughery (EN2), Theo W. Mooney (EN2), George G. Peterson (HM1), Greg F. Salomon (Bm1 SW), Wade Stone, Shannon Tracey (SM3), Dennis Wells, Phillip P. White, Daniel G. Woodcock, and Gary L. Zimmer.
We appreciate the assistance given to us by Cdr. Mike Fair, and Chief David Hilton of U.S. Navy Port Operations, NAS Pensacola. We also acknowledge Cdr. Mark Diunizio and LCdr. Steve Woll of the Naval Training Meteorology Ocean Facility, NAS Pensacola and the assistance of LCdr. James E. Waddell, Jr. and Brenda Smith of the Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis, Mississippi.
We also owe thanks to Wayne Childers for providing translations of Spanish documents pertaining to Santa María de Galve, Isla de Santa Rosa, and the wreck of the Rosario. Special thanks are also due to VAdmr. John Fetterman, Jr. (Ret.) and Lewis Bear for their assistance and interest in Pensacola's maritime history. We gratefully acknowledge Admiral Fetterman's help in our survey efforts and liaisons with the U.S. Navy.
We appreciate the cooperation given to us by Superintendent Jerry Eubanks, Jeff Parsons, Hank Synder, Nina Kelson, and Sandy Hamilton of Gulf Islands National Seashore. The assistance of the Florida Marine Patrol was also appreciated when they checked on our site from time to time. Thanks to Capt. Bradley Williams and Lt. Wayne Williams. As always, we would like to recognize the Pensacola Archaeological Society for allowing us to present our findings at their meetings and recruit volunteers.
We appreciate the generosity of MBT Divers who provided countless air fills for our scuba tanks free of charge. Thanks to Fritz Sharar and Kevin Wade. Kerry Freeland of Gulf Breeze Dive Pros provided essential dive gear and scuba tanks at a sizeable discount. Both Kenneth Alderman and Ron Brown of Ron's Paint and Body Shop loaned the project the use of an underwater metal detector. Thanks to Mickey Simmons of Gulf Coast Metal Fabrication who provided a mounting system for our dive ladder. The Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research deserves our thanks for their help to the project including the loan of a magnetometer, camera equipment, and scuba tanks.
Mrs. Karen Mims served as administrative assistant and kept us in touch with the land-based world. Cyndi Sims assisted with the ordering of equipment and supplies. Margo Stringfield, Cathy Parker, Debbie Mullins, Brenda Swann, and Carrie Williams are to be commended for the outstanding work they put into the Santa Rosa Island Wreck display at the Archaeology Institute.
The final version of this report in the form of an interactive CD and an Internet site was made possible by the hard work of Jennifer Whitfield, Digital Media Coordinator at the University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development. Thanks also to Nicole Gislason, Associate Director at the University of West Florida Division of Continuing Education; Maureen Taylor, University of West Florida Center for University Teaching and Learning; and to Dave Edwards for his original artwork.