An update from 2018 AAA Intern Evan Olinger:
My name is Evan Olinger, and I am interning at the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) at the Washington Navy Yard! My first few weeks in DC have been a blast. Not only have I had the opportunity to go sightseeing and visit museums, but the people I’ve met have been awesome and accommodating. I’m from a small town in Indiana so when my flight landed in DC, it was the first time I’d ever taken a cab anywhere. Thanks to the mentors and friends I’ve made, however, the transition has been relatively smooth and I’ve had so much fun roaming around the city. It’s pretty amazing when I get to walk past the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill on the way to the Metro every day.
The first project I’m working on at the NHHC involves the vessel known as Royal Savage, a British schooner during the Revolutionary War that was captured by the colonials. Before he switched allegiances to the British, Benedict Arnold commandeered Royal Savage. The vessel was burned and sunk during the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, where it would remain for 158 years. Eventually it was raised in 1934, and in 2013 came under the care of the US Navy. I am creating a web page for this vessel which will appear on the NHHC website. It’s still under construction, but I will post a link to it within my next blog post 2 weeks from now!
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