Bateaux Below, Inc.
P.O. Box 2134
Wilton, New York 12831
Below is information about our award-winning documentary — “The Lost Radeau: North America’s Oldest Intact Warship.”
It is the story of the history, discovery, and scientific study of a 1758 radeau-class warship called LAND TORTOISE that was found in Lake George, New York, USA in 1990. The French & Indian War (Seven Years War) vessel lies in 107 ft. of water and is intact. The year 2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the deliberate sinking of this British and provincial warship.
The DVD documentary covers historical background of the war and radeau warship, side scan sonar technology including an interview with side scan sonar pioneer Marty Klein (Klein Associates, Inc.), the multi-year underwater archaeological mapping of the shipwreck, creating a seamless photomosaic of the radeau shipwreck, establishing a shipwreck preserve for diver visitation, nominating shipwrecks to the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, and the threat of zebra mussels to historic shipwrecks. The DVD is excellent as a tool to inform divers and non-divers about underwater archaeology and remote sensing. This documentary was completed by award winning documentary filmmaker Pepe Productions in collaboration with Bateaux Below, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) underwater archaeological team.
The documentary retails for $39.95 (USA funds) plus shipping.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of the documentary help Bateaux Below in its underwater archaeological studies at Lake George, New York, USA and also go toward a legacy fund for the 1758 LAND TORTOISE Radeau shipwreck.
For more information on the DVD documentary see the web site (www.thelostradeau.com).
Good luck and best wishes.
Joseph W. Zarzynski, RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists)
Underwater Archaeologist & Executive Director—Bateaux Below, Inc.