New Software to Aid Ship Recovery

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Ocean Technology Foundation historian Peter Reaveley spent more than 30 years researching the battle between Bonhomme Richard and Serapis, using everything from eyewitness and literary accounts of both the battle and damage to the ship found in archives and libraries all over the world. Using these accounts, as well as wind, weather and tidal data from the time, OTF created a computer simulation to hopefully pinpoint the location where Bonhomme Richard is located. Still, explained project manager Melissa Ryan, the data they’re using is almost as old as the United States itself. They’re hoping that merging history, science and technology will give them an edge. The software they used to select their search area, Ryan said, is the same software that the U.S. Coast Guard uses to find drifting vessels or, say, cargo containers that have fallen off ships. On July 17, researchers will take to the North Sea in a specially outfitted catamaran equipped with a side-scan sonar and magnetometer — basically a giant metal detector — to map the ocean floor. Information, will be gathered over a three-week period by a team of up to eight people both on the ship and ashore in England.

Ryan said that if the foundation is able to come up with an additional $150,000, they can spend another three weeks searching. In addition to funding, weather is also a concern. Ryan said there’s only a two-month period in the North Sea in which the seas are calm enough for them to search for the ship. Once the data is collected and collated, they can determine what objects are worth a further look. When they return next year, they will use remotely operated vehicles to visually inspect the objects, and if their science, history and technology worked right — and if luck is on their side — they’ll find the Bonhomme Richard. Source: Stars and Stripes

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 23

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 23 1917 - Launching of USS New Mexico, first dreadnought with turboelectric drive 1918 - USS Stewart destroys German submarine off France 1945 - In only U.

CNR: Innovation Maintains US Naval Advantages

An interview with Rear Adm. Matt Klunder, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Research What are your near term, mid-term and long term science and technology (S&T) objectives?

USS Taylor to Enter Black Sea

The U.S. Navy reported that the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to promote peace and stability in the region.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0918 sec (11 req/sec)