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62 FRIDAY, APRIL 11 - MONDAV, APRIL 14, 2014 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette The Archaeology of Shipwrecks of the Atlantic Coast to be presented at LHS f BELOW B OOK AUTO SALES &amp; SERVICE CENTER 1608 Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE 302-645-5999 www.belowbooka ul:o.com saJes@betowbookauto.com Fenwick treasure interpreter to tell the tales Shipwrecks speak to Dale Clifton. The longtime treasure "interpreter" and shipwreck diver will tell the tales of ship- wrecks off the Atlantic coast and beyond when he presents "The Archaeology and History of Shipwrecks" at the Lewes Historical Society's Friday, April 18 program. His presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lewes Pres- byterian Church Fellowship Hall, Kgs Highway, Lewes. lifton, the founder and cu- rator of the Discovery Sea and Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, has been seeking and preserving historic artifacts for nearly 40 years. He says, "When artifacts are discovered from a sunken ship, they tell a story. It's not so much the worth or the value of the treasure in dollars but what we can learn from the artifact that's important." His museum is filled with such things as a camera and rolls of film found on the wreck of the RMS Republic that sank in 1907. The film lay beneath the sea bed for decades, preserving the film. Using a modern digital process, he was able to recover three historic images that were taken onboard the ill-fated ship. His presentation will delve into the many things that can be learned from recovered artifacts. "Treasure such as a gold bar may be worth a lot of money, but that bar may ask 'How was it refined? Where was the mercury found that was used to process the bar?" He cites another recent find of several large bags of raw peanuts found in a wreck off the coast of Virginia. "The peanuts in canvas sacks lay in a cocoon of mud devoid of light and oxygen. They were preserved undisturbed in their original condition when the cargo ship sank in 1724. "We were able to eat some of the peanuts and we even planted some which could result in a hybrid cross-breed variety that could possibly be eaten by peo- ple allergic to today's peanut varieties." Clifton says that in recent years it has become important to in- terpret what the artifacts may reveal about past cultures and manufacturing processes as well. He notes that museums in Spain, England and Ireland have asked his museum to investigate and interpret a variety of artifacts recovered from sunken ships to provide important details as to their origin and use. The public is cordially invited to attend the presentation which will include a display of several artifacts recovered from Davy ]ones' Locker. Light refreshments will be served following the pre- sentation. For more information on The Lewes Historical Society go to http://www.historiclewes. org. MAJOR & MINOR REPAIRS ON ALL MAKES AND MODEL , SYN-BLEND OIL CHANGE from s19n with FREE TIRE ROTATION FRONT AND REAR BRAKES STARTING A T s89" CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON? DIAGNOSTIC SCAN FOR FREE IN-HOUSE FINANCING AVAILABLE - CALL US Don't get left out of Follow htt The "Energy Experts'00 SCHA SINCt FA MIL Y OWNED AND OPERATED FOR FOUR GENERATIONS Sussex Genealogical Society to meet April 19 in Reh0b0th Barbara Paulish, regent of the Daughters of the American Rev- olution chapter in Millsboro, will speak about the DAR and how to'access and use its databases at the April general meeting of the Sussex County Genealogical Society. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. An often-overlooked resource, the databases available at the DAR are extensive. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. The Daugh- ters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 and is head- quartered in Washington, D.C. The organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The public is welcome to at- tend the April 19 meeting. For more information go to www.sc- gsdelaware.org or contact Sheryl Schulte at sherylaschuke@gmail. com. The success of the Regency Horizon series can now be extended to outdoor living areas. All of the sophisticated, contemporary styling and quality workmanship is mirrored in this dramatic outdoor fireplace. This fireplace delivers beautiful wide-angle flames amplified by a reflective stainless steel body with the choice of ceramic garden stones, reflective crystals or traditional logs. Quality, style and durable outdoor function make this fireplace a perfect outdoor option. The HZ420 can output up to 43,500 BTUs. It has a seasonal weather- resistant cover to protect the fireplace when not in use. Rehoboth Beach, 302-644-7700 o. toll free: Delaware I -800- 341 -4022 Hockessin, DE Middletown, DE Ell<ton, MD West Grove, PA 302-239-9665 302-378-2000 410-398-3400 610-869-0139