Support from the State and Academia!!
Our project is now supported by the State of Nevada Historic Preservation Office
under the guidance and direction of Dr. Mitchell Marken who serves as the State's
consultant for Underwater Archaeology. Dr. Marken is also supporting the project on a
personal level, and has had an intense interest in the Steamer Tahoe for many years. He
was guest of Emory Kristof during National Geographic's ROV survey of the vessel, and he
has arranged donations to the Nevada State Museum of two of the Tahoe's lifeboats through
the generosity of Bill Bliss. Dr. Marken was author of the State of Minnesotas
Submerged Cultural Resouce Plan and has directed and participated in projects around the
world. His recent book "Pottery
from Spanish Shipwrecks" (University Press of Florida) highlights his work on
Spanish galleons in the Caribbean. Dr. Marken received his Ph.D. in Maritime Archeology
from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Dr. Marken is also a Professor of Underwater
Archeology at the University of San Francisco.
The State Historic Preservation Office, under the direction of the State Historic
Preservation Officer, Ron James, with the support of Dr. Marken, is hoping to learn
critical information on the state of preservation of this historic site. Dr. Marken will
be advising New Millennium on survey and mapping methodology, in addition to other
recording and site testing techniques.
This state agency support is a milestone for our expedition and will classify us as the
only private entity working directly with the state in an effort to bring information from
the Steamer Tahoe back to the people of the state in over half a century!