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

Scientists Discover Roman Shipwreck Dating Back to Time of Jesus Christ

In October, a scientific team from the Balearic Institute of Maritime Archaeology Studies found a Roman cargo ship with jugs containing olive oil and perfectly preserved garum sauce, an ancient form of ketchup. Scientists have discovered the extremely large Roman shipwreck dating back to the time of Jesus Christ. The ship and its cargo could reveal new information about shipbuilding and trade during that time period. The sunken vessel was recently discovered off the coast of Greece, near Kefalonia Island, during a survey conducted by the Oceanus Network of the University of Patras, Greece. Sonar Equipment and Artificial Intelligence The... (read more)
2019-12-19 11:01:40

David Mearns

David L. Mearns is an expert in the research, location and filming of shipwrecks. During the course of his 30-year career he has led the research and discovery of 24 important deepwater shipwrecks including MV Lucona, MV Derbsyhire, HMS Hood, HMAS Sydney, KTB Kormoran and AHS Centaur. (read more)
2017-04-11 02:19:59

Landsat Satellite Spots Shipwrecks

An estimated three million shipwrecks are scattered across the planet’s oceans. Most maritime mishaps occur close to shore where hazards to navigation — such as rocks, reefs, other submerged objects and vessel congestion — are abundant. It is desirable to know where they are located for many practical reasons. Streams around the wrecks create plumes that can be seen on satellite imagery in depths up to 15m, making wrecks easier to find as a recent test in Belgium showed. Belgian scientists tested this using four wrecks near Zeebrugge. Their plumes were seen by Landsat-8; the trace was followed, leading to the wrecks. The... (read more)
2016-03-15 02:53:30

Dozens of Shipwrecks in Norwegian Lakes

An international team from ProMare (US), the Norwegian Maritime Museum (Norway), the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (Norway), and Teledyne Gavia (formerly Hafmynd ehf) have located nearly two dozen, well-preserved shipwrecks in the lakes of the Telemark Waterway in south-central Norway. The shipwrecks located in the waterway are suspected to range in date from the Medieval/Viking Age to the mid-19th century. The waterway has been used for transportation of people and goods for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The team surveyed the location over a period of three days and will return to the area in the summer... (read more)
2010-10-28 08:58:28

Hunting Shipwrecks Workshop

The Black Laser Learning's Hunting Shipwrecks seminar on 5th March in Boston, USA, gives participants an opportunity to find out how to find shipwrecks. Sport divers and amateur underwater archaeologists alike will get an in-depth overview on how to successfully locate shipwrecks using side scan sonar, magnetometers as well as the Hummingbird sonar. The workshop is part of the annual Boston Sea Rovers conference, taking place from 4th to 6th March 2011, the longest-running dive show in the US. This is Black Laser Learning's 2nd year giving this presentation. The workshop will start with sonar/magnetometer basics, then move through professional techniques.Topics... (read more)
2011-01-10 09:24:30

Live Images of Historical Shipwrecks Beamed Ashore

Images of significant historical shipwrecks are currently being captured by a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV and beamed directly to educational and public audiences on shore in a live telepresence-enabled exploration project. The University of Rhode Island’s research vessel 'Endeavor' is exploring the remains of two shipwrecks located off the coast of Rhode Island, USA. One of the shipwrecks is the German submarine 'U-853' that was sunk at the very end of World War Two. Also aboard Endeavor, a scientific team is a conducting an acoustic tracking experiment for tracking fish using newly developed technology. Schools, colleges and the general public are able to view live programmes over the... (read more)
2016-05-31 04:59:40

Surveying a Greek Underwater Archaeological Site

Researchers from Plymouth University (UK) recently conducted a marine geoarchaeological survey off Methoni, Greece. The survey results from the sidescan survey presented digital sonograph records and georeferenced mosaics of the submerged prehistoric settlement ruins, the ancient harbour and its submerged breakwater, as well as records of historic shipwrecks, cannons and artefacts over the site. A Kongsberg GeoAcoustics dual-frequency sidescan sonar and the GeoPulse Pinger sub-bottom profiler were used for visualisation of underwater antiquities over the local underwater archaeological site, within the GE.N.ESIS project.  The results from the shallow seismic survey highlight profiles of semi-buried historic shipwrecks, numerous sub-seabed features of... (read more)
2013-12-16 02:43:55

Sunken WWII Shipwrecks of the Pacific and East Asia: The need for Regional Collaboration to Address the Potential Marine Pollution Threat.

Monfils, R., Gilbert, T. and Nawadra S., 2006.Ocean & Coastal Management Selected Papers from the East Asian Seas Congress 2003, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 49: pp 779-788.Oil, chemicals and unexploded ordinances onboard sunken World War II (WWII) warships and merchant vessels pose a real and significant marine pollution risk to the nations of the Pacific and East Asia. A recent project of the South Pacific Regional Environment Program, through its Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Program, has highlighted the extent of the risk posed by vessels lost in WWII to Member Governments. Some of these vessels have already begun to leak fuel oil... (read more)
2007-04-04 12:00:00

Darwin Harbour Unveils Sand Waves and Shipwrecks

Darwin, Australia, is world-renowned for its rich and diverse landscapes. However, as a scientific exploration party has just found out, there is an equally diverse and previously undiscovered region of Darwin under the sea. A marine survey tasked with mapping the seabed of Darwin Harbour in high resolution and collecting geochemical and physical samples has found relics of Australia's ancient geography in the form of sub-marine sand dunes, ripples, sand waves and even shipwrecks. These features tell a story from the last Ice Age some 20,000 years ago when global sea levels were much lower and Darwin Harbour as we know... (read more)
2015-12-02 11:37:06
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