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Underwater Archaeology

A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen

New York Times
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Mr. Dalio was thinking of buying the Alucia when a team of WHOI experts used the vessel and an undersea robot to find the shattered remains of Air France Flight 447, which in 2009 had vanished over the South Atlantic with 228 passengers. Other search teams had failed, and Mr. Dalio saw the 2011 success as an indication of the field’s exploratory promise.

17 Historical Mysteries People Would Really Like Answers To


In 2002, documentarian Anne MacGregor and Phil Richardson, a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, speculated that the Mary Celeste was abandoned the day after the log’s final entry – November 25, 1872 – perhaps because the ship was taking on water and Briggs had spotted land. Another theory was put forward by Dr. Andrea Sella from University College London in 2006, suggesting an explosion aboard led Briggs to abandon ship.

Ocean Encounters: The Science of Shipwrecks

In case you missed it: renowned explorer Dr. Robert Ballard and WHOI scientist Dr. Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser provide a fascinating overview of some of the many, surprising facts that can be learned from shipwrecks. Watch now!

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Best of Constant Wonder

BYU Radio

WHOI Research Engineer Jeff Kaeli talks about the 2017discovery of the San José, a sunken ship from 1708 loaded with treasure valued up to $17 billion. (segment begins 24:05)

Researchers are exploring the SS Portland shipwreck. Here’s how to watch

Portland Press Herald

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is working with NOAA’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Imaging Technologies to explore the wreck of the SS Portland as part of a three-year project that will also include explorations of other nearby shipwrecks.

Exploring the wreck of the steamship Portland, ‘the Titanic of New England’

Boston Globe

By visiting the final resting place of the Portland, researchers will document changes that have occurred at the site of the wreck and gain more insight into the fate of the doomed steamer.The expedition is being led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Marine Imaging Technologies.

RMS Titanic

What is the RMS Titanic The Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic was a passenger and mail ship that hit an iceberg…

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Air France Flight 447

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On April 4, 2011, a search team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) located the wreckage of the Airbus jet some 3,900 meters (nearly 2.5 miles) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Antikythera Shipwreck

A research team exploring the Antikythera shipwreck in 2012 found several artifacts including this amphora, a ceramic jar used to…

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