Retirement recently from my full-time work at Sapelo Island finally has enabled me to return to my long-neglected webpage to update some ongoing activities.
I am gratified by the fairly sizeable number of historical inquiries that have come to me through this website. I get regular queries on historical and research subjects and I answer all of them personally with as much information as I can impart. So feel free to contact me through the site any time!
Several people have inquired about the progress of my latest book, which is a collection of "short studies", essays, papers and such, with new insights on familiar topics as well as closer looks and deeper investigations into subjects covered in my previous books. The work is proceeding, but slowly, as I continue to have various speaking obligations to fulfill in addition to my participation on several coastal historical boards. It is coming along, however. I just cannot say when the work will be completed, but certainly not before 2014.
I am getting questions about the recent discoveries of the remains of shipwrecks on Cumberland and Sapelo islands. Very interesting work is ongoing by marine archaeologists. The Sapelo wreck is a wooden sailing vessel likely from the late 19th century, wrecked on the Sapelo bar while making for the local harbor to load timber and lumber from the Darien sawmills. The Cumberland wreck, also a wooden ship, has been determined to be from the 1850s or 1860s. Nothing is known for certain about the provenance of these vessels, their cargoes, or their personnel. A possible scenario is that these ships were caught in bad weather, broke up offshore of the two islands, and their remains washed up on the beaches where, over time, they came to be buried in the constantly-shifting sand. Stay tuned for further developments on both these investigations.
Those in the coastal Georgia area are encouraged to check the link on this website announcing my forthcoming speaking programs and lectures. I would love to have you come to any of these events!
'Til next time, have a great week!