Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the Search for the Lost French Fleet exploration. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. For video, multiple video formats are available on the linked pages.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

Videos

August 14 Log

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This video shows clips of the excavation process. (Video)

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Brendan Burke and Olivia McDaniel excavate the concretion found yesterday. (Video)

August 10 Log

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Chuck and Brian photodocument the day’s work of probing on the seafloor. (Video)

August 9 Log

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A double rainbow after the storm. (Video)

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This video clip captures the start of a glorious sunset against the dark clouds of an oncoming storm. (Video)

August 8 Log

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This video was taken when the rain, seas, and wind had arrived. (Video)

August 7 Log

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Roper leaving port and heading out to sea. (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

Images

August 18 Log

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Roper cruises past the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse on the Intracoastal Waterway. (HR)

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Stretches of undeveloped Florida wildernesss. (HR)

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Here is the view of Fort Matanzas as we cruise past it. (HR)

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The sun sets behind St. Augustine as we finally reach our destination. (HR)

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Heading into Ponce Inlet, we see the Ponce Lighthouse in the distance. (HR)

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Rising over a cloud bank, the sun shines on a calm sea. (HR)

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This morning’s engine room check found a loose alternator belt, and so it was time to tune it up. (HR)

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Here is a sonar image of Target E3T, where we found buried wreckage from a shrimp boat (a steel fuel tank). (HR)

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Sketch shows north-south transect and east-west transect, with the solid dots representing completed probes. (HR)

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Target 1 saw a number of “drops” and was our most complex magnetic target. (HR)

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Sketches of the probes undertaken at Target 1, Drop 1B and Drop 1A, rotated and joined together. (HR)

 

 

 

 

August 16 Log

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Another afternoon storm put our afternoon dive operations on hold for a few hours. (HR)

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This magnetic contour map shows some of the magnetic anomalies at Target 1, Drop 1. (HR)

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A piece of the net found buried in the sand with the loose nylon line and stainless steel wire at Target 1, Drop 1. (HR)

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All the bad weather certainly makes up for itself in the sunsets it creates. (HR)

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Dense fog, unusual for late summer, enveloped Ponce Inlet as we departed for French Fleet media day. (HR)

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Roper basks in the early morning sunlight, awaiting our arrival. (HR)

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Jessica Clark interviews Assistant Conservator Andrew Thomson about the process of artifact conservation. (HR)

August 15 Log

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Diving operations continue on Target E4T with the help of visiting crew members. (HR)

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Brian McNamara prepares for a dive, while at right John Stiner looks on. (HR)

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Also joining us is Shelly Gray, an undergraduate student in our field school in 2009 who returned in 2013. (HR)

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Chuck Meide deploys the handheld magnetometer on Target E4T. (HR)

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Student volunteer Florian Funk prepares for a dive. Olivia McDaniel is surface support for this dive. (HR)

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Olivia forces the probe down into the sediments, with only a few feet to go. (HR)

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Sketch from the daily field notes showing the probe tests at Target E4T. (HR)

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Starr Cox pumping diesel fuel from the main fuel tank into the generator tank. (HR)

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Chuck holding our survey GPS antennae. It is a highly accurate unit, precise to within one meter. (HR)

August 14 Log

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Here we see an example of what the fuel tank from target E3T may have looked like. (HR)

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A sketch of the object discovered at Target E3T, identified as a steel fuel tank from a shrimp boat. (HR)

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The lightning and rougher seas this storm brought with it delayed our dive operations. (HR)

August 13 Log

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Olivia McDaniel driving the boat from Ponce Inlet south to the survey area. (HR)

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Starr Cox preparing for her first dive. (HR)

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Brendan Burke keeps an eye on the divers’ bubbles for the duration of the dive. (HR)

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We are treated to a beautiful sunset as we impatiently await the calm seas that will come with dawn. (HR)

August 12 Log

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Brian McNamara, left, and Sam Turner, right, haul in on the stern anchor line. (HR)

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Chuck prepares to enter the water with the handheld magnetometer. (HR)

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Chuck extending the handheld magnetometer while looking and listening for changes in readings. (HR)

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Diver Brian McNamara descending to the bottom to lay in a transect line and begin probing. (HR)

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Flying the colors on the way home! (HR)

August 11 Log

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Target 1 consists of several magnetic anomalies, or variations from the Earth’s magnetic field. (HR)

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Chuck and I refine the accuracy of our drop buoy using the Trimble GPS receiver. (HR)

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Brian McNamara preparing to enter the water. (HR)

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The water was clear enough that even during a night dive, the divers’ lights could be seen from the surface. (HR)

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The sketch from our field notes showing the probes tested at Drop 2A and Drop 2B during today’s dives. (HR)

August 10 Log

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Chuck Meide dives with a small video camera to film the area we recently probed. (HR)

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Chuck Meide, left, and Sam Turner, right, prepare to enter the water for the first dive of the project. (HR)

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Divers forcing a hydraulic probe into the seafloor. (HR)

August 9 Log

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"On hook" during the early morning. (HR)

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The mag and tow cable with a full set of 32 pounds of lead weight. (HR)

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The bow of the Roper as she makes her turn east to come on line for the next survey lane in Target 7. (HR)

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A double rainbow after the storm. (HR)

August 8 Log

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Magnetometer towfish with diver’s wrist-mounted depth gauge attached for depth control experiment. (HR)

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Image showing an anomaly recorded during the refined survey of Target 1. (HR)

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The end of the mag towfish and the mag cable with its 12 pounds of weight. (HR)

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Onset of the storm. (HR)

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Sunset at the north end of the project area. (HR)

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Post-processing magnetometer data at the end of the day after supper. (HR)

August 7 Log

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Roper prepares to leave its dock in St. Augustine for Cruise 2. (HR)

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Brendan Burke poses next to the engine of the Roper, which was removed for maintenance. (HR)

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The historic French flag will fly from the Roper during the final two cruises. (HR)

July 20 Log

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This will be our last sunrise at Canaveral for the next few weeks. It’s a beauty! (HR)

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A view of our navigational display that the helmsman uses when driving along a survey lane. (HR)

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Sam is the boat driver for the final survey lane. (HR)

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Sam and Brendan pull in the sidescan towfish for the last time. (HR)

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Chuck Meide securing the subbottom profiler at the stern of the boat. (HR)

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Brian has climbed to the top of the masthead to point the way home! (HR)

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As the Roper heads home for St. Augustine, she weathers a late afternoon Florida thunderstorm. (HR)

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Roper heads out into the sunrise, leaving the New Smyrna Beach City Marina and departing for the survey area. (HR)

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Dr. Turner securing the subbottom transducer at the stern of the boat. (HR)

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A view of the subbottom profiler laptop screen as it is collecting data today. (HR)

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Sidescan sonar fish, a Klein System 3900, and the Marine Magnetics Explorer Mini-Magnetometer. (HR)

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Here is the sidescan sonar display during survey, showing a sandy bottom. (HR)

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Sidescan image of a massive school of fish swimming under the research vessel during survey. (HR)

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Sidescan image of a large hammerhead shark swimming under our research vessel. (HR)

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An example of a sidescan sonar image of a shipwreck compared with the site plan drawn by archaeologists. (HR)

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This image is the result of a survey conducted in the waters off Mt. Vernon. (HR)

July 18 Log

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Sam configures a backup laptops as new magnetometer laptop, after a hard drive failure. (HR)

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We are not really at our best until the coffee is ready. (HR)

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Brendan and Sam prepare to deploy the magnetometer. (HR)

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This is a close-up view of the magnetometer computer screen. (HR)

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This is a classic example of a magnetic anomaly. (HR)

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Another magnetic anomaly, also in the form of a dipole, visible in the line of data on Lane 30. (HR)

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Brendan Burke pilots along a survey lane while Sam Turner monitors magnetometer display. (HR)

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Last night’s dinner: marinated chicken thighs on the camp grill. (HR)

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The prepared ingredients for today’s breakfast, “Slophole,” a Roper tradition. (HR)

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All of the ingredients for this morning’s breakfast in the wok on the cabin’s stove. (HR)

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Breakfast is a hit with Brian! (HR)

July 16 Log

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Inside the cabin of the Roper, Sam Turner mans the helm surrounded by computer displays. (HR)

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The beach at Canaveral National Seashore as seen from the boat, when running inshore lanes. (HR)

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Watching the sun set after a long, successful day of collecting data. (HR)

July 15 Log

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The research vessel Roper heads out to sea at dawn. (HR)

July 15 Log

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The transducer for the subbottom profiler, secured on the gunwale while the boat is underway. (HR)

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The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse greets researchers heading to sheltered interior waters. (HR)

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Roper passes under the George Musson drawbridge. (HR)

July 14 Log

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Loading gear at LAMP headquarters. (HR)

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Dock carts are handy for moving lots of supplies from our vehicles to the boat. (HR)

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Hunter Whitehead and Starr Cox help with loading and also served as drivers today. (HR)

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Sam Turner is one of LAMP’s staff archaeologists and is our expert with the marine magnetometer. (HR)

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The exhaust trail of a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center, visible from Roper at dock. (HR)

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Brendan Burke, LAMP Archaeologist and Logistical Coordinator. (HR)

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Brian McNamara mans the bow while we enter Canaveral Lock. (HR)

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Dark clouds on the horizon mean a storm is coming. (HR)

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Roper has a side scan sonar system, which is not the quality of our system, but is useful when navigating. (HR)

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While waiting for the storm clouds on the radar to clear, we enjoy the sunset over Port Canaveral. (HR)

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Sam and Brian sleep out on deck tonight, with the canopy overhead protecting from light rains. (HR)

First page of the commissioning of the Trinité, 21 May 1565.

Mission Plan
First page of the commissioning of the Trinité, 21 May 1565.

Ribault’s Landing, a 31 by 8 foot mural by Jacksonville artist Lee Adams.

French Colonization in Florida
Ribault’s Landing, a 31 by 8 foot mural by Jacksonville artist Lee Adams. (HR)

Gaspard de Coligny and Catherine de Medici.

French Colonization in Florida
Gaspard de Coligny and Catherine de Medici. (HR)

Gaspard de Coligny and Catherine de Medici.

French Colonization in Florida
Jean Ribault and René de Laudonnière.

The Timucuan chief welcomes Laudonnière in 1564

French Colonization in Florida
The Timucuan chief welcomes Laudonnière in 1564. (HR)

Ribault and Laudonnière returned to France after the first colonization attempt to find the country embroiled in a religious civil war.

French Colonization in Florida
Ribault and Laudonnière returned to France to find the country in a religious civil war. (HR)

Construction begins on Fort Caroline, as depicted by Theodore de Bry after Jacques Le Moyne’s original drawing.

French Colonization in Florida
Construction begins on Fort Caroline, as depicted by Theodore de Bry. (HR)

Fort Caroline after completion, as drawn by Jacques Le Moyne and reproduced by Theodore de Bry.

French Colonization in Florida
Fort Caroline after completion, as drawn by Jacques Le Moyne.

Ribault’s fleet was driven south by the relentless winds of the storm.

Loss of the French Fleet
Spanish and French fleets encountered each other off the River of May, exchanging words, threats, and cannon fire.

Menéndez landed at St. Augustine on 8 September 1565 to take formal possession of the land for Spain.

Loss of the French Fleet
Menéndez landed at St. Augustine on 8 September 1565 to take formal possession of the land for Spain.

Ribault’s fleet was driven south by the relentless winds of the storm.

Loss of the French Fleet
Ribault’s fleet was driven south by the relentless winds of the storm.

Menéndez men braved the storm, marching more than 15 leagues, more or less, all of it through marshes and desolate places, sacking Fort Caroline in a surprise attack at down on 20 September 1565.

Loss of the French Fleet
Menéndez men braved the storm, sacking Fort Caroline in a surprise attack 20 September 1565.

Most of the beleaguered French shipwreck survivors surrendered unconditionally, hoping for mercy from Menéndez.

Loss of the French Fleet
Most of the French shipwreck survivors surrendered, hoping for mercy from Menéndez.

French galleons similar to those in Ribault’s fleet.

The French Fleet
French galleons similar to those in Ribault’s fleet.

A 16th-century English galleass, the Antelope.

The French Fleet
A 16th-century English galleass, the Antelope.

French colonization vessels from Laudonnière';s 1564 expedition.

The French Fleet
French colonization vessels from Laudonnière’s 1564 expedition.

The Armstrong Site and the French Fleet search area are located in the Canaveral National Seashore, between Cape Canaveral and Ponce Inlet.

Shipwreck Survivor Camps
The Armstrong Site and the French Fleet search area are in Canaveral National Seashore. (HR)

Iron artifacts recovered from the Armstrong Site that were salvaged from wreckage and modified by 1565 shipwreck survivors.

Shipwreck Survivor Camps
Iron artifacts recovered from the Armstrong Site. (HR)

Examples of jewelry recovered from the 1565 French shipwreck survivor camps.

Shipwreck Survivor Camps
Examples of jewelry recovered from the 1565 French shipwreck survivor camps. (HR)

Examples of French coins recovered from the survivor camp sites.

Shipwreck Survivor Camps
Examples of French coins recovered from the survivor camp sites. (HR)

John de Bry in the Map Room of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.

Research in French Archives
John de Bry in the Map Room of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. (HR)

Document bearing the signature of King François I, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 6 October 1545.

Research in French Archives
Document bearing the signature of King François I, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. (HR)

Orders given by King Charles IX to the Guard General of the Artillery of Normandy to provide bronze and iron cannons to ships in the port of Dieppe, signed by the King, July 1563.

Research in French Archives
Orders given by King Charles IX to provide cannons to ships in the port of Dieppe. (HR)

First page of the commissioning of the Trinité, 21 May 1565.

Research in French Archives
First page of the commissioning of the Trinité, 21 May 1565.

The orange magnetometer tow fish (above) and the side scan sonar tow fish (below).

Marine Remote Sensing
The orange magnetometer tow fish (above) and the side scan sonar tow fish (below). (HR)

The subbottom profiler instrument shown in its bracket on the R/V Roper in the retracted position.

Marine Remote Sensing
The subbottom profiler instrument shown in its bracket on the R/V Roper in the retracted position. (HR)

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