The Brandy Wreck – Then and Now

Background Way back 2011 Grahame Knott of Deeper Dorset found a small wreck site in Weymouth Bay. At the time the search was on to find more of the P47-D Thunderbolt but in true shipwreck hunting fashion Grahame found another mystery. Known as the Brandy Wreck, the site had four iron guns, two anchors, a millstone and ballast stones. Read more about The Brandy Wreck – Then and Now[…]

Bolt in the Bay – P47-D Crash Site

Background A few years back Grahame Knott of Deeper Dorset found the dispersed remains of an aircraft in Weymouth Bay. Over the years pieces of the jigsaw have come together, with pieces of information as diverse as component part numbers and an entry in the Portland War Diary (Held at the National Archives)  all adding up to Read more about Bolt in the Bay – P47-D Crash Site[…]

Project Thistlegorm – The Processing Begins

The Project The SS Thistlegorm is rated a world class wreck dive. But only a tiny fraction of the world can don SCUBA and pay the wreck a visit, so the Universities of Nottingham, Ain Shams and Alexandria have collaborated to digitally record the heritage beneath the waves. Funding for this work has been provided by Read more about Project Thistlegorm – The Processing Begins[…]

The Art of DEM

The Art of DEM For some reason, I am drawn to Digital Elevation Models (DEM). They express so much information in such an elegant way. Their creation does require embedding GPS data, but thats almost a given these days as its a straightforward exercise pulling points out of sonar. In simple terms, a DEM is Read more about The Art of DEM[…]

Geo Referencing the UB 116

Earlier this week Kevin Heath of Sula Diving kindly towed his sides can sonar fish past the remains of the UB 116, generating a very clear image of the wreck site: Relating the Model to the Planet With the GPS positions recorded in the sonar we can now extract a few key points and add them to Read more about Geo Referencing the UB 116[…]

Decimating the Model – the V83

Scapa Processing Continues What seems like an age ago we were in Scapa Flow diving from the good ship MV Valkyrie. Some of the models were completed on board – like the discovery of a German Pinnace whereas others such as the UB 116 took a little longer. Near the end of the list of wrecks to process is the Read more about Decimating the Model – the V83[…]

Tidal Streams and Photogrammetry

A New Target Last week The Shipwreck Project surveyed and confirmed another sonar target. Before diving and upholding a long-held Project ritual, the lump was christened “The Block Of Cheese” on account of what it looked like on the sonar. Here’s a screen grab of what we were looking at: The Scan The target was quickly confirmed Read more about Tidal Streams and Photogrammetry[…]

Updated – the UB 116 & Builders Plans

Error Correction Time Its time to confess a small but significant mistake when annotating the 3D model of the UB 116:- It turns out I had labelled the bowplanes incorrectly, for a check of the builders plan shows their shape as matching hydroplanes. And as any good submarine nerd knows, bowplanes are at the pointy Read more about Updated – the UB 116 & Builders Plans[…]

Photogrammetry – Managing the Data

How much? Photogrammetry produces a lot of data. Here’s a walk-through of the kind of volume needed to create the High Seas Fleet pinnace found last month in Scapa Flow:- Volume of data by event From beginning to end we have:- Dive – 598 RAW files = 15.32Gb Initial processing – 598 derived JPEG images Read more about Photogrammetry – Managing the Data[…]

Changing Wrecks – Which Version?

Things Change Shipwrecks are not static, unchanging places. As age, tide and corrosion take their toll things settle into the seabed. Prior to photography, and more recently photogrammetry, the changes would go unrecorded. But as those of us who dive the SMS Karlsruhe regularly, it is no longer possible to recreate this image as shot Read more about Changing Wrecks – Which Version?[…]