In 1972, the scattered remains of the ship were discovered by American shipwreck
salvor Melvin A. Fisher. Recognizing the historical significance of the site, Fisher contacted divers and archaeologists to survey and excavate selected areas of the ship.
Log Entry from Day of Discovery
Brief surveys and partial excavations of the site were conducted in 1972 and 1973, after which the site lay untouched for over ten years. Archaeologist David D. Moore joined Mel Fisher's team in 1983 and conducted excavation of the site for the next three years.
Sketch of 1984 Field Activities by
Mel Fisher donated the majority of the artifacts he had excavated from the
Henrietta Marie to the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, but the site was not excavated again until 1991, when the Society's archaeological team, led by Corey Malcom conducted its own archaeological investigation.
Map of Area
Since 1991, the Mel Fisher Maritime
Heritage Society has returned regularly to the site to excavate
and study the Henrietta Marie.
E. Robb, Jr., founder of RPM Nautical Foundation, takes an
active role in the study of the Henrietta Marie and
In 2001, with the help of
the RPM Nautical Foundation, more Henrietta Marie artifacts were
found and recovered, magnetometer and sonar surveys of the
surrounding area were conducted and the Henrietta Marie's hull was
reexamined. In 2002 we anticipate more knowledge to be revealed.
Current Site Plan
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More Henrietta Marie Artifacts Recovered
The Magnetism of New Ground Reef
A Re-examination of the Hull of the Henrietta Marie
A Description of the Placement of Concrete Cannon Replicas at the Wrecksite of the
Please return in the future as
we will be adding video clips of current expeditions and overviews
of past ones. Thank you for your interest.
archaeology for more information.