Published: May 9 2012
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 272
PAPERBACK: 978-1-61117-142-6
EBOOK: 978-1-61117-134-1

Maritime History
Environmental & Historic Preservation
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The Day the Johnboat Went up the Mountain

Stories from My Twenty Years in South Carolina Maritime Archaeology

Carleton A. Naylor







Combining his skills as a veteran journalist and well-practiced storyteller with his two decades of underwater adventures in maritime archaeology, Carl Naylor offers a candid account of remarkable discoveries in the Palmetto State's history and prehistory. Through a mix of personal anecdotes and archaeological data, Naylor's memoir documents his experiences in the service of the Maritime Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

This insightful survey of Naylor's distinguished career is highlighted by his firsthand account of serving as diving officer for the raising of the Confederate available submarine H. L. Hunley in 1996 and the subsequent investigation of its victim, the USS Housatonic. He also recounts tales of dredging the bottom of an Allendale County creek for evidence of the earliest Paleoindians, exploring the waters of Port Royal Sound for a French corsair wrecked in 1577, searching for evidence of Hernando de Soto's travels through South Carolina in 1540, and other explorations. Naylor's narrative serves as an authoritative personal account of South Carolina's ongoing efforts to discover and preserve evidence of its own remarkable maritime history.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Carl Naylor worked as a South Carolina newspaper journalist and a diving instructor before he joined the staff of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, where he is diving supervisor and archaeologist assistant for its Maritime Research Division.

"Add a pinch of Mark Twain–style humor, throw in an adventurous dash of Indiana Jones, mix well with South Carolina history, and stir in a whole lot of water. The result is Carol Naylor's thoroughly entertaining and informative archaeological tour of the shipwrecks and other sites resting beneath the Palmetto State's rivers, lakes, and coastline."—Charles R. Cobb, director of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

"Projects and adventures are reported with a blend of humor, historical context, and technical detail that ensures something for everyone . . . . Naylor has produced a book that will engage anyone with an interest in or curiosity about South Carolina maritime heritage."—South Carolina Antiquities

"Naylor melds the technical with a sense of the human element . . . [with a] vein of humor wound through the text."—Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier

"Naylor has drawn upon his experiences in the water and as a journalist to write a lively, engaging, and appropriately tongue-in-cheek account of his many years in public service . . . He explains, evocatively and with delightful humor about the state's varied and significant submerged cultural resources, the job he and his colleagues do, how they do it, and why."—International Journal of Maritime History

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