State issues permit for ship archaeological work

The state has issued a permit allowing for archaeological work at the site of a sunken Gold Rush-era ship in southeast Alaska.

This comes months after a federal judge approved a recovery plan for the SS Islander by Kent, Wash.-based Ocean Mar Inc.

The permit application was filed earlier this month by an archaeologist under contract with Ocean Mar. It lists August as the start of the proposed work and the Alaska State Museum as the proposed repository of collected items.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the application and project proposal through a public records request.

State Archaeologist Dave McMahan says he’s not aware of any other permits that might be needed for work to commence. An attorney for Ocean Mar did not return a message.

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