2009 Expedition

The 2009 expedition was a collaboration with the French Navy, who provided a vessel in the form of an Experimental Minehunter.  The French Hydrographic Office provided an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle which took the following photos of wrecks.  A magnetometer survey was also conducted. We covered another 50 square miles of our survey area.  Two shipwrecks were investigated, and a third was newly discovered.  This wreck is mostly buried, so it will take another expedition to investigate it more closely.

A follow up expedition was conducted a few weeks after this one.  Another French minehunter equipped with divers and a ROV investigated some of the targets found by the first minehunter.  Unfortunately, none of those targets were compelling for being the BHR.

We are grateful to Admiral Forissier (CNO) and the French Navy for their significant efforts this year. We hope to continue with this international collaboration in future years.

Here is an image taken with a multi-beam sonar.  This is a view looking directly down onto the outline of the wreck.  Red and yellow areas show areas sticking up off the sea floor.  The red section appears to be the stern section.

Here is an image taken with a multi-beam sonar.  This is a view looking directly down onto the outline of the wreck.  Red and yellow areas show areas sticking up off the sea floor.  The red section appears to be the stern section.

Here is an image taken with a multi-beam sonar. This is a view looking directly down onto the outline of the wreck. Red and yellow areas show areas sticking up off the sea floor. The red section appears to be the stern section.

Here's another view in 3-D:

Here’s another view in 3-D:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wreck below appears to be modern, and may have encountered a torpedo which broke it in two.

The wreck below appears to be modern, and may have encountered a torpedo which broke it in two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lead Archaeologist and Project Manager prepare for a wet ride back to shore.

The Project Manager prepares for a wet ride back to shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this expedition possible!   

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