UPDATES

This page will provide updates concerning the investigation of shipwrecks in Mobile, Alabama.

 

February 12, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission and its partners have drafted preliminary plans for Phase I archaeology at the wreck site and community engagement in Africatown. These plans will be finalized in the coming weeks. Any archaeological work conducted by the Alabama Historical Commission on the remains of the shipwreck will be focused initially on establishing a process for identifying the ship. 

February 23, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission and its partners will begin the Phase I archaeological investigation of the shipwreck in Baldwin County on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The archaeological work conducted by the Alabama Historical Commission on the remains of the shipwreck will be focused initially on establishing a process for identifying the ship. “Africatown, the City of Mobile, and the AHC’s public and private partners have proven to be invaluable during the planning of this investigation,” said Lisa D. Jones, Executive Director of the AHC. “We look forward to being onsite and beginning this process.”

February 28, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission partnering to study shipwreck remains

March 5, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission concludes shipwreck investigation

May 30, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission will begin a project to inventory shipwrecks and other cultural resources in submerged portions of the Mobile River, Mobile, County, Alabama. This project will ultimately result in a National Register Maritime Historic District and the possible discovery of the Clotilda.

July 6, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission has partnered with the National Geographic Society to conduct the Phase I archaeological survey of submerged portions of the Mobile River in Mobile County, Alabama. The Historical Commission has also partnered with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the Mobile County Commission.

July 13, 2018 - The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) and its partners concluded a week-long survey of submerged portions of the Mobile River in Mobile County, Alabama, to begin a comprehensive shipwreck inventory and to possibly discover Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to the United States.