During our 2008 survey, using the Navy’s nuclear research submarine NR1, we searched 375 square miles of the North Sea. We recorded and investigated 26 different wreck sites, some modern and some older and unidentified. After many hours of data analysis, we have determined that none of those wrecks are likely to be the Bonhomme Richard. We will need to expand our search area and return again in a future expedition to continue this great quest!
We have been privileged to have the U.S. Navy as such a strong partner, and would like to thank the crews of NR1 and its support ship Carolyn Chouest for their outstanding contributions to the project. Thank you to our individual and corporate sponsors for making this expedition possible!
Here are some of the wrecks we investigated. It’s very challenging with poor visibility, and trying to maneuver a 150-foot submarine in powerful currents, but the NR-1 crew did a tremendous job and gave 110% to the effort.