Shipwreck Hunter Honoured

Deep-sea shipwreck hunter, David L. Mearns, UK, has been awarded an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Australia by locating the WWII shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney II and AHS Centaur. The Award Citation reads: "As Director of Blue Water Recoveries, Mr. David Mearns and his team discovered the wreck of HMAS Sydney II (image), fatally damaged and sunk on 19 November 1941, and that of her enemy HSK Kormoran. Mr. Mearns spent seven years researching and investigating, culminating in March 2008 when his team located and photographed both wrecks in the Indian Ocean. He has... (read more)
2010-11-19 12:00:00

White House Shipwreck Search

Sovereign Exploration Associates International, Inc., initiated via its Artifact Recovery and Conservation, Inc. (ARC) sensing studies using a suite of high-resolution geophysical equipment, provided by Ixsea, to investigate the sedimentology, stratigraphy and underlying geological framework of the marine floor off Nova Scotia, Canada. The area is the reported final resting site of the small fleet of ships that sank in 1814 with a cargo of spoils from the sacking of the White House, The Capital Building and the Treasury located in Washington D.C. during the War of 1812. The fleet was made up of the HMS Fantome, a British Frigate,... (read more)
2006-08-18 12:00:00

Historic Hydrographic Shipwreck Discovery

Almost 200 years to the day after her sinking, a couple of Connecticut, USA, scuba divers revealed they had discovered the remains of what appears to be the USS Revenge. At the time of her demise the Revenge was performing important hydrographic survey work in the shallow waters of Long Island Sound. Shrouded in thick fog on that cold winter morning the schooner ran aground on a reef near Watch Hill, Rhode Island.     When the ship went down in January 1811 she was captained by Oliver Hazard Perry, who later become a celebrated war hero.  Perry gained notoriety... (read more)
2011-01-17 01:38:24

High-Resolution Shipwreck Surveys

ADUS has set a new benchmark in wreck surveying by developing innovative solutions to some of the inherent problems of multi-beam surveying and data visualisation. This has been achieved by combining academic skills with practical knowledge.<P> ADUS’ (web reference  1) core business is thesurvey of shipwrecks that are an environmental hazard because they contain oil, chemicals or nuclear components, or because they are a navigational hazard (Figure 1). A public–private partnership has recently been agreed with Salvage and Marine Operations of the UK’s Ministry of Defence to extend surveys into deeper water using their ROVs.   Origins ADUS was originally... (read more)
2008-07-04 12:00:00

Finds from Ancient Greek Shipwreck

An international group of divers and archaeologists has retrieved new finds from an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off Antikythera. The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue. The Antikythera wreck was first discovered in 1900 by sponge divers who were blown off course by a storm. They subsequently recovered a spectacular haul of ancient treasure including bronze and marble statues, jewellery, furniture, luxury glassware, and the surprisingly complex Antikythera Mechanism. But they were forced to end their mission at the 55-metre-deep... (read more)
2014-10-14 09:39:00

MH370 Search Discovers Shipwreck

Fugro Equator’s deep tow system detected a cluster of small sonar contacts in the southern part of the search area for missing flight MH370, 12 nautical miles to the east of the 7th arc. The sonar data was carefully analysed and categorised as Class 2: ‘of potential interest but unlikely to be related to MH370’. Analysis of the images revealed that the debris was indeed man-made, but indicated that it was actually the wreck of a ship. This wreck is previously uncharted and the imagery will be provided to expert marine archaeologists for possible identification. Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)’s... (read more)
2015-05-15 10:31:42

Mapping a Roman Shipwreck Site

A 3rd century AD Roman shipwreck site, off the coast of Sicily has been inspiring archaeologists with its array of historical treasures. The wreck site was first discovered in May 2006 under 92 metres of water during a survey of the Sicilian coast. It was an enormous find with an artefact distribution suggesting it was once a vessel 15 - 20 metres long, possibly larger.   Objects recovered from the wreck site included ceramics, concretions and possibly hull timbers. These artefacts are currently undergoing extensive study to identify the date and further detail of the ship and its final journey.... (read more)
2008-07-24 09:52:59

Pirate Shipwreck Find by Bowtech

Bowtech’s latest Surveyor-HD (high definition) and Surveyor—SD (standard definition) cameras coupled with LED lighting and portable splash proof HD, SD and sound recording system may have uncovered a lost piece of American/British history in the Irish Sea off the Welsh coast, a shipwreck thought to have belonged to a fleet of American sea raiders.     Deep Trek are a team of experienced subsea specialists in diving, submersibles, and deep water Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) for the offshore industries. They have applied these technologies in the search for history for the first time. DeepTrek filmed their search of the coastline near... (read more)
2011-04-06 03:39:10

Robot Turtle Assists with Shipwreck Inspections

The Robot Safari in the London Science Museum, UK, taking place from 29 November to 1 December 2013, will include the world premiere of the underwater robot called U-CAT, a highly manoeuvrable robot turtle designed to penetrate shipwrecks. U-CAT’s locomotion principle is similar to sea turtles. It can swim forwards and backwards, up and down and turn on the spot in all directions. Manoeuvrability is a desirable feature when inspecting confined spaces such as shipwrecks. The robot carries an onboard camera, and the video footage can be later used to reconstruct the underwater site. Conventional underwater robots use propellers for... (read more)
2013-11-28 09:15:21

Shipwreck Monitoring in the North Sea

Surveyors Discover World War One Submarine
In order to guarantee nautical depths, the Rijkswaterstaat survey department runs an annual seabed monitoring programme. In July 2019, research vessel MS Arca left its homeport of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, to conduct a shipwreck survey that included a World War One submarine. In order to guarantee nautical depths, the Rijkswaterstaat survey department runs an annual seabed monitoring programme. In July 2019, research vessel MS Arca left its home port of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, to conduct a shipwreck survey that included a World War One submarine.  As an executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat facilitates smooth and safe maritime traffic in the Dutch North Sea. One of its activities is an annual seabed monitoring programme. Apart from a few deeper spots, the Dutch part of the North Sea is in general 35 metres deep, while the coastal... (read more)
2019-10-03 02:57:46
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