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2006 Maritime Haritage ROV Cruise

The sanctuary conducted a 7 day remotely operated vehicle (ROV) cruise in July 2006 in partnership with the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut (NURC-UConn). This annual ROV cruise visited a number of maritime heritage resources which lie in the sanctuary's deeper waters. Project scientists returned to shipwrecks such as the steamship Portland, schooners Frank A. Palmer/Lousie B. Crary, and the granite wreck to further investigate and document the sites and also monitor the shipwrecks for manmade or biological changes or impacts. Annual monitoring of historic resources allows the sanctuary to better management its resources and study the impacts to sites from a variety of sources from oceanographic currents to fishing.

NURC-UConn ROV Hela  

research vessel Connecticut

The NURC-UConn ROV Hela (left) onboard the research vessel Connecticut, operated by the University of Connecticut, (right) was the primary research tool used for this project.

The project also documented several new shipwreck sites to determine the extents of the site and record diagnostic characteristics. This information will be used to date the vessel and help in further historical research to identify the shipwreck and uncover its story. The data is also important to determine the shipwreck's historical and archaeological significance and for future National Register of Historic Places nominations. The ROV was outfitted with lights, a forward looking video camera, a downward looking video camera, a Scorpio digital still camera, and a strobe to capture features at a variety of angles. Images and video gathered with the ROV will be used for outreach and education materials to better interpret the sanctuary's maritime past.

 

Underwater image of large granite blocks on the granite wreck

Underwater image of large granite blocks on the granite wreck. The granite blocks were used in the construction
of sidewalks and sewer system and were the vessel's cargo. Courtesy of NOAA/SBNMS and NURC-UConn

NURC-UConn ROV pilot Craig Bussel SBNMS maritime archaeologist Matthew Lawrence and NURC-UConn's NOAA Hollings Scholar Freshteh Anmadian

NURC-UConn ROV pilot Craig Bussel navigates the vehicle away from the ship (left) while SBNMS maritime archaeologist Matthew Lawrence and NURC-UConn's NOAA Hollings Scholar Freshteh Anmadian (right) monitor the ROV control systems inside the vessel.

lanterns on the steamship Portland   captain's sink and toilet on the Frank A. Palmer

The project documented new features on the shipwrecks such as lanterns on the steamship Portland (left) and the captain's sink and toilet on the Frank A. Palmer (right). Courtesy of NOAA/SBNMS and NURC-UConn.

Project personnel also conducted two 30 minute live broadcasts from the schooner Frank A. Palmer to the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center and over the World Wide Web during this project to better interpret the sanctuary historical and biological resources to the public.

Click here to learn more about the 2006 Live Dive

This project was made possible through support from NURC-UConn and the University of Connecticut. Additional assistance was supplied by the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources and Benthos, Inc

 

 

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