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ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – On September 20 at 7:00 p.m., Historic St. Mary’s City will host a free lecture by Agustin Ortiz, Historic Preservation and Outreach Coordinator for the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC UAB).

The lecture will discuss the remote sensing surveys in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters since 2015 in order to find missing aircraft from the early 1940s and 1950s.  Several were lost at the advent of WWII as part of experimental testing, which led to an advancement of aircraft capabilities and safety over time. This lecture will explore the contributions of NAS Pax River as an experimental aircraft training base, and the need to find and manage the aircraft lost in its surrounding waters. The methodologies used to try and locate these historical naval assets as well as inherent challenges will be discussed. NHHC UAB is responsible for the management, research, preservation, and interpretation of the U.S. Navy’s sunken military craft. 

This free lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center auditorium (18751 Hogaboom Lane). 

Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland.  For more information about the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or