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A tale of two schooners

September 1, 2023
Following a 1902 collision off the Massachusetts coast, the coal schooners Frank A. Palmer and the Louise B. Crary now exist as one intertwined wreck, captured by here side-scan sonar in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
WHOI researchers Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser and Calvin Mires worked with Marine Imaging Technologies and the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to evaluate the archeological and ecosystem value of the wreck, which have been damaged by fishing activity over the past century. A new policy of alerting captains about their location could prevent further disturbance.
Side-scan sonar image © NOAA

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