St. Mary’s County
- On 29/04/2009
- In Parks & Protected Sites
From Southern Maryland Online
The U-1105 Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve, located in the Potomac River in St. Mary’s County, has been included in the charter list of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Under Secretary of Commerce Dr. Jane Lubchenco made the announcement today at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis.
Joining Dr. Lubchenco at the Welcoming the First Members of the National System of Marine Protected Areas Event were Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archeologist; Mr. Will Shafroth, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of the Interior; Dr. Mark Hixon, Chair of the MPA Federal Advisory Committee; and, Mr. Jim Toomey, Creator and Author of “Sherman’s Lagoon”©.
The U-1105 was the first underwater historic shipwreck preserve designated in the state of Maryland, and is now one of only 225 charter sites from state, territorial, federal and federal/state partnership agencies in 28 states in the National System of Marine Protected Areas.
The preserve was created in 1995 through a partnership with the U.S. Navy (who owns the wreck), the Maryland Historical Trust, and Saint Mary’s County to promote the preservation of the historic U-1105 “Black Panther” submarine, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.