Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary research expeditions may involve a number of partners and support interdisciplinary aspects of research, monitoring, and outreach efforts. Watch for updates here. There are no expeditions at this time.
Expedition to Portland and a mystery collier with WHOI (2019 and 2020)
2020 marked the second year of a two-year project to explore sanctuary shipwrecks, to document the sites, and to study the marine life communities that colonize these structures. The sanctuary teamed up with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Marine Imaging Technologies to offer live ship-to-shore broadcasts to give students and the public rare behind-the-scenes looks at an oceanographic research expedition in action. Of particular interest to sanctuary researchers were the wrecks of the coastal steamship Portland, the "Titanic of New England," and an unidentified coal schooner. New technologies allow for high definition video and 3-D digital mapping, which provides baseline data to evaluate changes to the wreck over time. Identification and documentation of the unknown wreck supports sanctuary maritime heritage goals.