Mapping and Modelling SS Polwell

Originally constructed in the North East of England in 1888, the SS Polwell was used by German forces at the start of World War I. However, early on in the war, the vessel was captured off Gibraltar by the British Admiralty and requisitioned into service as a defensively armed merchant ship. The SS Polwell was torpedoed off the Irish coast by a German submarine in 1918. Now, after resting on the seabed for almost a century, details of this historic shipwreck have been revealed using the latest multibeam sonar technology and CARIS HIPS and SIPS software. On 5 June 1918, the... (read more)
2016-03-03 03:24:42

Modern-day Pirates Hunting for the Metal in WWII Shipwrecks

Metal pirates aren’t looking for treasure, but they are interested in the metal in ships, such as bronze propellers and casings on electrical equipment found in historic shipwrecks. The final resting places of many WWII sailors are being robbed by modern-day pirates, War History Online, a site devoted to military history, reports.  The site refers to Kim Browne, a lecturer in international law at Charles Sturt University in Australia who also authored a study in the Journal of Maritime Archaeology. Protect the Sites from Looters Browne found that between both the Axis and the Allied forces of WWII, over 120,000 ships were... (read more)
2019-08-20 10:38:04

Six Ship Wrecks Lecture

Robert Church, Senior Marine Archaeologist at C & C Technologies, Inc., will discuss recent efforts regarding the study of six ships that were sunk by German U-Boats in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.   Church's presentation will take place during "Shipwrecks", a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Heritage Week lecture series at the NOAA Science Center on Tuesday, 5 February 2008 at 12:00PM local time. The location of the event is 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD and the admission is free. For further information, please contact Robert Church at (+1) 337-210-0000 or visit C&C Technologies'... (read more)
2008-02-04 12:21:49

Finder of Titanic Wreck to Speak at Ocean Floor Forum

Among the keynote speakers at a major conference on the comprehensive mapping of the ocean floor, being held from 15-17 June 2016 in Monaco, is Dr Robert Ballard who discovered the wreck of the 'Titanic' in 1985. In the years following that discovery, he also found many other shipwrecks around the world, such as the 'Bismarck' in 1989, the 'Yorktown' in 1998 (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway) and the wreck of John F Kennedy’s 'PT-109' off the Solomon Islands in 2002. In addition he located over 50 ancient shipwrecks in the deep-water regions of the Mediterranean, Aegean... (read more)
2016-05-19 04:29:05

Civil War Wrecks Surrender Their Secrets

A two-day research expedition to survey the condition of two sunken Civil War vessels that have rested on the floor of the James River in Hampton Roads, VA, USA, for nearly 150 years is being undertaken by NOAA and the US Navy. Using sonar technology to acquire data, researchers will create three-dimensional maps of the two shipwrecks, USS Cumberland and CSS Florida, to analysis on their current condition and better understand the technological innovations of the time.   USS Cumberland (Didson survey image with this article) was lost on 8th March 1862, during the Battle of Hampton Roads , where... (read more)
2011-06-29 11:37:43

Seafloor Exploration in Malta

Against the backdrop of the WWI centenary, the second edition of the Seafloor Exploration training course was conducted in Malta during the first two weeks of September. Students spent ten days covering many different theoretical and practical aspects of seafloor mapping, including a one-day certified CARIS training course among other software and hardware tutorials. As part of field work, a day was spent surveying a newly discovered black coral reef on the southern coast with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), piloted by Underwater Management Services' Pierre Bellizzi. The most exciting exercise of the training course was the expanded investigation of... (read more)
2015-01-05 05:03:07

The Search for Vasco da Gama’s Lost Ships

Esmeralda and São Pedro
Two Portuguese ships from Vasco da Gama’s second voyage to India, which were left behind in the Gulf of Aden to disrupt maritime trade through the Red Sea, were wrecked during a storm in 1503 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah Island, Oman. The remains of at least one of the ships were found in 1998, prompting a search for the second ship to be undertaken in 2013. The geophysical survey was complicated by environmental conditions, but it succeeded in locating all cultural heritage material in the bay. The Portuguese ships that were the target of this research, and the ensuing... (read more)
2017-03-22 10:53:49

Google Dives into the Ocean

Last week, Google launched Google Earth 5.0. This version includes the long-expected addition of oceanic images and bathymetry. People will be able to see the underwater topography; search for particular spots or attractions; and navigate through the digital environment by zooming and panning.   Google Earth is not the same as "Google Ocean" by France-based Magic Instinct Software that uses Google Earth as a visualisation tool for marine data.   Oceanography researchers, however, say such a tool would be incredibly useful.   Google Ocean will feature a basic layer that shows the depth of the sea floor and will serve... (read more)
2009-02-05 01:10:00

Return to the U-166

A science expedition recently explored the remains of the only World War II German U-boat, U-166, sunk in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The U-166 was discovered in 5,000 feet of water in 2001 while C & C Technologies, Inc. was conducting a pipeline survey with their HUGIN 3000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for BP and Shell International. The 2003 expedition was supported by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, C & C Technologies, the PAST Foundation, and the Minerals Management Service (MMS), with ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) support provided by Sonsub, Inc. A crew from the New York film... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Long-lost WWII Wreck Discovered off Australia

An expedition team on the R/V 'Petrel', an underwater research and exploration vessel commissioned by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, has discovered the shipwreck of the USS 'Lexington', a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War Two. The remains of the vessel were located at a depth of about 3km in the Coral Sea, 800km off the east coast of Australia, on 4 March 2018. Images from the seabed captured by the 'Petrel' show details of the ship, including its nameplate and guns, as well as some of its remarkably well-preserved aircraft. The Lexington was one... (read more)
2018-03-06 12:52:17
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