I. Stern investigation.
1. Expose and map the deck structure aft of the engineering spaces.
2. Document the remains of the superstructure if they are found among the debris overlying the deck.
1. Construct a silt barrier around the stern.
2. Use one or more water induction dredges with catch bags.
a. Turbidity from dredge exhaust must be monitored according to permit requirements.
3. Recover overlying debris to determine whether it should be documented and/or kept for conservation.
a. Artifacts and superstructure remains are significant.
b. Package the remaining material in bulk and rebury it on the site.
4. Set up mapping areas.
a. Establish a center baseline close to the deck and a vertical reference datum.
5. Map and document all deck features.
a. Plan map.
b. Vertical profiles.
c. Photograph and videotape.
d. Measure and describe important diagnostic features.
II. Artifact conservation.
A. Use the policies, procedures, and treatments that were successful during the previous years.
III. Final report on the three year Maple Leaf investigation.
A. Site location, environment, and geography.
B. Synthesis of historical background research.
C. Field methods used to document the vessel and cargo.
D. Findings to include description of the hull and interior arrangements.
E. Interpretation of the material culture as it relates to the Civil War
1. Artifact analysis.
F. Interpretation of the Maple Leaf as it relates to the history of the Great Lakes and the Civil War.
G. Conclusions and recommendations.
1. The significance of the Maple Leaf to Civil War history.
2. Recommendations for future work based on the present findings.
IV. Continue public and professional awareness and provide educational opportunities.
A. Develop a major exhibit on the Maple Leaf for the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History.
B. Develop a traveling exhibits on the Maple Leaf.
C. Hold a public forum in conjunction with Jacksonville's Museum of Science and History.
D. Produce a videotape program on the Maple Leaf and project related research.
E. Produce a document to convey Maple Leaf history and research to the general public
F. Participate in public lectures and workshops.
G. Present findings at professional meetings.