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Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War

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Geophysical Survey

As a limited number of wrecks can be dived, available geophysical survey data sets are being used to gain information on the surviving remains on the seabed, their extent and condition. Many of these wrecks lie in areas where geophysical survey has been undertaken in the past; gaining access to recent and archived datasets is a valuable way of collecting information and maximising use of past surveys. Images derived from survey data are one of the key ways of visualising these otherwise inaccessible sites.

Companies and organisations working in the marine zone have undertaken or commissioned surveys in the past, or in relation to current developments, which can help reveal the stories of these Forgotten Wrecks. To date, we have gained access to data provided by aggregate companies, windfarm developments and environmental assessments. These are showing the potential for developing understanding of the individual sites and providing imagery for use in a wide range of public and educational outreach.

If your company or organisation owns or has access to geophysical survey datasets from the project study area that it would be possible to review as part of the project we would be thrilled to hear from you. All data and images used are fully credited.

A big ‘Thank You’ to the following companies, groups and organisations for supplying copies or providing access to data sets:

Navitus Bay Wind Park
Volker Dredging 
Northwood Fareham Ltd
Historic England/ Wessex Archaeology
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Side scan sonar image of the wreck of the Start a merchant steam ship lost in 1917 south west of the Isle of Wight (Image: Navitus Bay Wind Park Ltd).

Side Scan Sonar image of the wreck of the Gallia, a merchant steam ship lost in 1917, south west of the Isle of Wight (Image: Navitus Bay Wind Park Ltd).