Civil blockade running on the upper Gulf Coast

Andy Hall

Please join the Fort Bend Archeological Society for a presentation on Civil War blockade running on the upper Texas gulf coast by Galveston historian and marine archeologist Andy Hall.   The program, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be presented on Tuesday, July 16,  at 7:00 p.m. at the Gus George Police Academy in Richmond.

During the last year of the American Civil War the upper Texas coast was a hive of blockade running activity.  Hall will discuss investigations into three shipwrecks along the coast near Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula, including one recently exposed by Hurricane Ike that may be one of the most notorious blockade runners of the War – the famed Will o the Wisp. Hall will also discuss underwater archeological excavations of these wrecks.

Civil War Blockade Runner, Will O’ the Wisp

Andy Hall has served as website developer on several nautical archeology projects, including the 1686 wreck of the French ship La Belle (1995-97), the Civil War blockade runner Denbigh (1997-2003), and the U-166 Project (2003). He wrote the chapter on the interface between nautical archaeology and the Internet in the International Handbook of Underwater Archaeology (2002), and has co-authored several other journal articles. Mr. Hall also serves as a Marine Archeological Steward for the Texas Historical Commission and is past president of the Southwest Underwater Archeological Society.  Mr. Hall recently completed a history of the steamboat trade on Buffalo Bayou in the 19th century.  His book, Galveston-Houston Packet: Steamboats on Buffalo Bayou was published in 2012 and copies will be available for purchase at this meeting.

The meeting will take place in the Assembly Hall of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond – next door to the Justice Center. For more information about this program, contact lindagorski@cs.com.

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