UConn Archaeologist Discovers 17th-century Shipwreck

The Dutch ship Huis de Kreuningen went to her watery grave on 3 March 1677. But no one knew precisely where that grave was – until a group led by professor and maritime archaeologist Kroum Batchvarov, from University of Connecticut, USA, found what are believed to be her remains this past summer in the waters of the southern Caribbean. Batchvarov, assistant professor of maritime archaeology in UConn’s Department of Anthropology, is an internationally known researcher specialising in 17th-century ship building and maritime archaeology. He is leading a multi-phased investigation to find and study the remains of 16 vessels that were... (read more)
2014-11-03 11:55:49

High-resolution Underwater Scan of Monohansett Shipwreck

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used 2G Robotics’ ULS 500 underwater laser scanner in 2014 to explore the Monohansett shipwreck site at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, USA. The scans generated by the ULS 500 provided 3D archaeological records of the site in its current condition and provided a more detailed understanding of the wreck. Obtaining detailed information of shipwreck sites is critical for generating accurate historical records. Photography and videography can capture imagery of underwater archaeological sites. However, wiith underwater laser scanning, accurate dimensional information of archaeological sites can be captured for the creation of highly... (read more)
2014-12-12 10:34:06

Recovery of Artefacts from Historical Shipwreck

The naval ship Warwick sunk in a hurricane in October 1619 in Bermuda. She was discovered in 1969 and, more recently, scientific research has been undertaken using underwater metal detectors to unveil artefacts. Such tools are also deployed in other interesting underwater archaeological sites.                                                                                                         The location of Warwick’s... (read more)
2012-07-27 12:13:24

Shipwreck Yielding US$500 Million Treasure Located

An EdgeTech 2400-DSS deep-towed side-scan sonar system, owned and operated by Odyssey Marine Exploration, was used to find a shipwreck code-named the "Black Swan" which yielded over 500,000 silver and gold coins that have been estimated to be worth around US$500 million.   The same system was used by Odyssey in 2003 to help locate the SS Republic, which produced more than US$75 million worth of coins.   The 2400-DSS utilizes digital CHIRP technology which provides higher resolution imagery than conventional analog and digital systems as well as extended range; an important factor when trying to locate a shipwreck. The... (read more)
2007-08-06 09:22:55

Five Ages Old Shipwreck in the Baltic Remains a Mystery

A team of scientists has revealed the remains of an intact and astonishingly preserved 500-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic, using state-of-the-art underwater robots. But the ship’s identity remains a mystery. The pristine but unknown ship (okänt skepp in Swedish) is probably 'the best-preserved shipwreck of its period to be discovered in recent times', according to archaeologists from the University of Southampton. It is believed to be from the Early Modern Period (late 15th – early 16th Century). The vessel has been located by archaeologists at a depth of around more than 120 metres some 100 miles South East of Stockholm. The shipwreck was explored by... (read more)
2019-07-23 09:10:44

360-year-old Shipwreck Revealed Using Virtual Reality

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Exactly 360 years to the day since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt (Milkmaid) was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island, experts have harnessed virtual reality to create a virtual dive of the wreck. The Melckmeyt was on a secret trading mission when it sank during a storm. Digital archaeology specialists from Australia’s Flinders University have worked with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to create a 360-degree virtual view of the wreck, which was discovered in 1992. Caption: A scene from the virtual dive, with divers swimming over the wreck as it appears today, with areas of the wreck... (read more)
2019-10-17 09:17:10

Divers Discover 1942 Steamship Shipwreck off New England Coast

In 2014, Jeff Goodreau of Rindge and Ryan King of Brentwood began a project with five others to search for the SS 'William H. Machen', a steamship which carried coal from Virginia to Maine in the USA. This piece of history has now been recovered off the coast of Portsmouth, 75 years after it sank. The divers who found the wreck over the summer said they work closely as a team, sharing in their passion for diving and unlocking the traces of the past that have been mostly forgotten. All 34 crew members were rescued when the Machen collided with... (read more)
2017-11-09 11:13:47

19th-century Shipwreck Rediscovered off Golden Gate Bridge

NOAA has located the underwater wreck of the passenger steamer City of Chester, which sank in 1888 in a collision with the steamer Oceanic in dense fog near where the Golden Gate Bridge stands today. The rediscovery of the wreck restores an important historical link to San Francisco’s early Chinese-American community. Reports at the time initially criticised Oceanic’s Chinese crew in the racially charged atmosphere of the times. Criticism turned to praise, however, when the bravery of the crew in rescuing many of City of Chester’s passengers was revealed. The wreck was then largely forgotten, until now. The 202-foot long... (read more)
2014-04-24 10:09:29

Multibeam Survey of 'Andrea Doria' Shipwreck Using Submersible

OceanGate, an ocean exploration company that has provided manned submersible services since 2009, has captured the first-ever detailed close-up sonar images of the Andrea Doria shipwreck. Using its manned submersible, OceanGate did the mapping with a team of explorers conducting the first manned submersible operation to the wreck since 1995. OceanGate’s 2016 expedition began a survey of the exterior of the wreck to capture detailed multibeam sonar images. The expedition included three dives in the manned submersible to begin mapping the wreck and debris field. The goal is to digitally assemble the sonar scans into a virtual model to help... (read more)
2016-06-16 02:04:38

MAP Team Discovers Oldest Intact Shipwreck in the Black Sea

The Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP) has discovered a Greek merchant vessel in the Black Sea (50 miles off the coast of Bulgaria) dating back to 400 BC - the oldest known intact shipwreck ever discovered. Because the water in the lower reaches is anoxic (lacks oxygen), the wooden cargo vessel has not deteriorated much since it sunk to the bottom all those centuries ago. Its mast, rudders, cargo, and even the benches where rowers sat are still well-preserved. Lidar and photogrammetry to create 3D images of the ships The ship was discovered during a three-year-long project. Over that time, the... (read more)
2018-10-30 11:47:59
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