Jim worked on the General Harrison dig daily with field supervisor Rhonda Robichaud. They work together for the last four years to analyze the General Harrison site and write a massive several hundred page report with Allen Pastron which was published in 2008. Jim thinks Rhonda is one of the best archaeologists he has ever worked with, and hopes to someday work on another buried ship with her and Allen.
General Harrison's trestletree as found inside the hull
The half-burnt hulk of the 1840 ship General Harrison emerges from the landfill in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District at the corner of Clay and Battery Streets in September 2001. Jim was invited by friend Allen Pastron to join Allen's team from his company, Archeo-Tec, to excavate and analyze the hulk and its cargo, which had burned in a major fire in May 1851 that destroyed most of Gold Rush San Francisco and its waterfront.