In The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' newest exhibit, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth, dive in and explore the recreation of a shipwreck found in just 10 feet of water off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Could it be the long lost shipwreck of Captain William Kidd, a notorious pirate? Work with your family to figure out what ship is this? Who sailed it? What happened to it?
•Follow the Path of the Ship. Explore old maps to see where the ship was last seen and where the ocean currents might have taken it. •Explore the Cannon Pile. Look for clues in this recreation of the cannon pile. Do they match what is known about Kidd's ship? •Help Excavate an Underwater Site. Use a dredge, a kind of underwater vacuum that archaeologists use to suck up the sand and reveal precious artifacts buried in the ocean.
In the exhibit, we work with Charles Beeker, underwater archaeologist and director of Indiana University's Office of Underwater Science, leads the nation's first underwater resource management certificate program.
Beeker and his students have conducted underwater research projects on submerged ships and cargo throughout the United States and the Caribbean for more than 20 years. Beeker has been on thousands of shipwreck dives; his explorations have included searches in the Dominican Republic's Isabela Bay for the lost fleet of Columbus and, beginning in 2007, the shipwreck of the Cara Merchant, Captain Kidd's lost ship.