What feels like a very long time ago we scanned most of the SS Thistlegorm using photogrammetry. For one week in the summer of 2017 24,000 high resolution images were gathered and processed over the next two months into a single 3D record of the wreck.
The work was done as part of the Thistlegorm Project and was a collaboration between the University of Nottingham, the Ain Shams (Cairo) University and Alexandria University. Over 6 days the wreck was digitally preserved.
With much of the world in lockdown it felt like a good time to pull all of the content into a single page with links to all the available online material.
All of the 3D models can be found in a single Sketchfab collection:
2D Ortho Photos
Ortho photos are 2D plan views of the 3D model with incredible levels of detail. The file size of these files is measured in Gb so we use Dronelab to host these.
The main site covers 5 acres and resolution is 10mm per pixel. 15,000 images were needed to cover outside of the wreck.
Upper Cargo Deck
Upper cargo deck resolution is 1mm per pixel.
Lower Cargo Deck
Lower cargo deck resolution is 1mm per pixel.
Saloon house resolution is 1mm per pixel.
Captain’s house resolution is 1mm per pixel.
The Captain’s House model and ortho photo was created using images shot by Alex Mustard who visited the wreck in 2018.
Forecastle room resolution is 1mm per pixel.