Friday, March 07, 2008

West Point Foundry, Cold Spring, NY (pre-post Windows desktop archaeology)

I was then using close-range photogrammetry digitization on a GTCO 48" tablet and Rollei MR2 software in development, 3D measurements from 2D photographs, theoretically extremely accurate if need be. Some First Nation petroglyphs mapped, some "as-built" historical structures, some engineering documentation of the building stones inside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, [are they moving...which ones], the "Crazy Horse" monument engineering design, traffic accidents in England still are, etc., were some of the projects that were being done back then on the 386/387 Intel design. I was using it in the West Point Foundry periphery for an EPA Superfund cleanup in Cold Spring, NY brought to us by friendly Canadians at Prometric Technologies. There we recovered the R.P. Parrott designed rifled cannon "gun platform" (prototype or the "Swamp Angel"?) used in the incendiary bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina in 1863, from under the Chicago Bridge and Steel "bridge shop" remains (burned ca. 1912) in the Constitution Island marsh in Foundry Cove, across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy. Geospatial Archaeology West Point Foundry Archaeology Project at Cold Spring, NY West Point Foundry Preserve Putnam County Historical Society and Foundry School Museum Gallery Opening March 29, 2008 The West Point Foundry: Unearthing the Past, Forging a Future The artifact in the ad is a 10" low bowl not a "Plate" which pops up in the mouse "hover" in the pointer when you pause over it. It is from the "Haul Road" excavations where the earthen dam materials were brought through the "workers houses" into the cove, to create an empoundment to excavate the cadmium contaminated soils, mix them with concrete and haul them out on the historic rail-bed by train. Then the marsh was returned to a more natural state. Clues: They've been doing survey in the marsh around Charleston, South Carolina looking for the "Swamp Angel" but the grillage was never found thought maybe sunk so there's a sign in the swamp in the water, here's where it might have been. The cannon, it exploded and is in Trenton, NJ, investigated (NY Times Dec. 1, 1876 "The "Swamp Angel."; A Monument Made Of The Old Gun Which Was Used In Bombarding Charleston In 1863--A Unique Memorial By The Citizens Of Trenton, N.J.") Perhaps the original was towed back to Cold Spring, NY. They should bring the cannon back and West Point should give back the 10" Armstrong breech loader they have from the South. Or put the "Swamp Angel" up at West Point Academy. I worked around there on Bull Hill for Panamerican Consultants, Hurricane Floyd damaged it a bit and testing was required for a new road to the radio towers on Bull Hill and elsewhere, about the same time anthrax appeared in the US mails. In which case may it have been the actual rather than a prototype? And would or should there have been further documentation of the "best invention of the Civil War" according to the South Carolina Historical Commission, even though used in the somewhat harmless incendiary bombardment of civilians? There's an argument going on between the "North" and "South" today over the 10" gun there at the Academy.

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