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 geophysical surveys can assist us in confirming wreck positions and identities, and interpret archaeological features. They also help to make these underwater sites more accessible to the general public.
You can see a small selection of geophysical images from Forgotten Wrecks sites below, or explore our wreck database for more.
A big ‘Thank You’ to the following companies, groups and organisations for supplying copies or providing access to data sets, the results of which can be seen in the database:
Navitus Bay Wind Park
Northwood Fareham Ltd
Historic England/ Wessex Archaeology
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Maritime and Coastguard Agency