Scuba divers examining a shipwreck underwater.
Virtual Fieldtrip
Come learn about archaeology, Maryland's history and some sites at the Park.

In 1979, underwater archaeologists surveyed the Patuxent River for sites relating to the Chesapeake Flotilla (see how underwater archaeologists find and excavate sites by going here.)

Archaeologists and historians now believe one of the sites they found is very likely the Scorpion – Joshua Barney’s flagship during the Flotilla campaign of the War of 1812.  In 2009 and 2010, the Naval History and Heritage Command  - through the Underwater Archaeology Branch located at the Washington Navy Yard, the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland State Highways Administration returned to this site to map and evaluate the wreck for more work in the future.

Beginning in the summer of 2011, they hope to return and begin building a cofferdam over part of the wreck, which will allow excavation and better visibility on the site.  Next year excavations will begin on the site itself.  You will even be able to take a tour of the site while work is going on.

Click here to see a map of the wreck with artifacts


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