Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

Videos

Tour of the R/V Ukpik

video Log 10: August 16
Tour of the R/V Ukpik. (Video)

Video Report from the Chief Scientist

video Log 8: August 14
Video Report from the Chief Scientist. (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images

Final, assembled drop camera design Log 12: October 5
Final, assembled drop camera design. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach at the village of Barrow, with artificial berm Log 12: October 5
Welding a side of the drop camera frame. (HR)

Devon bending the hook for the tether Log 12: October 5
Devon bending the hook for the tether. (HR)

Myles and Devon on the tow carriage Log 12: October 5
Myles and Devon on the tow carriage. (HR)

lowering the drop camera system into the tow tank Log 12: October 5
Lowering the drop camera system into the tow tank. (HR)

Beach at the village of Barrow, with artificial berm Log 11: October 2
Beach at the village of Barrow, with artificial berm. (HR)

Rip-rap along the beach at Wainwright Village Log 11: October 2
Rip-rap along the beach at Wainwright Village. (HR)

Display of a whaling-era merchant shop Log 9: September 28
Display of a whaling-era merchant shop. (HR)

The only known native Hawaiian whaling captain Log 9: September 28
The only known native Hawaiian whaling captain. (HR)

Copper hull sheathing in dunes Log 7: September 22
Copper hull sheathing in dunes. (HR)

Patent stamp on sheathing section Log 7: September 22
Patent stamp on sheathing section. (HR)

Anthracite coal, on shore in abundance. Log 7: September 22
Anthracite coal, on shore in abundance. (HR)

Drift of coal in the dunes Log 7: September 22
Drift of coal in the dunes. (HR)

Dunes and vegetation at the Seahorse Islands Log 7: September 22
Dunes and vegetation at the Seahorse Islands. (HR)

Barks Arctic and Progress receiving the crews of the wrecked and abandoned ships south of icy cape. Log 6: September 18
Barks "Arctic" and "Progress" receiving the crews of the wrecked and abandoned ships south of icy cape. (HR)

Deploying the gradiometer Log 5: September 13
Deploying the gradiometer. (HR)

Monitoring the output from the magnetometer. Log 5: September 13
Monitoring the output from the magnetometer. (HR)

Magnetometer readout image of a single dipole Log 4: September 12
Magnetometer readout image of a single dipole. (HR)

Magnetometer readout image of multiple anomalies Log 4: September 12
Magnetometer readout image of multiple anomalies. (HR)

The Rendezvous At Icy Cape—The Boats Effecting a Landing. Log 4: September 12
The Rendezvous At Icy Cape—The Boats Effecting a Landing. (HR)

R/V UKPIK at anchor on bear watch Log 3: August 18
R/V UKPIK at anchor on bear watch. (HR)

The gradiometer is about to be deployed Log 3: August 18
Butchering caribou acquired from local subsistence hunter. (HR)

This tower marks Point Franklin along the coast Log 3: August 18
This tower marks Point Franklin along the coast. (HR)

The gradiometer is about to be deployed Log 2: August 3
The gradiometer is about to be deployed. (HR)

Preparing one of the magnetometers for deployment Log 2: August 3
Preparing one of the magnetometers for deployment. (HR)

The industrial landscape of Prudhoe Bay Log 1: August 8
The industrial landscape of Prudhoe Bay. (HR)

Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871, including the George, Gayhead, and Concordia. Mission Plan
Abandonment of whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871, including the George, Gayhead, and Concordia. (HR)

This map shows the area that was surveyed during the Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets expedition. Mission Plan
This map shows the area that was surveyed during the Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets expedition. (HR)

Evan Martizal, Vitad Pradith, and Matthew Lawrence ready the bow­mounted swath bathymetry and side­scan sonar sensor for deployment. Mission Plan
The team readies the bow­mounted swath bathymetry and side­scan sonar sensor for deployment. (HR)

Brad Barr readies the drop camera system for deployment. Mission Plan
Brad Barr readies the drop camera system for deployment. (HR)

Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871. Why the Arctic?
Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871.

Cutting-in a whale. Why the Arctic?
Cutting-in a whale. (HR)

Encountering polar bears along the beach of the survey area was an ever­present danger whenever people were sent ashore. Scientists and crew aboard R/V Ukpik keep a close watch over the shore party deploying the magnetometer base station until they return. Why the Arctic?
Scientists and crew keep a close watch over the shore party deploying the magnetometer base station until they return. (HR)

Pilot Rommel Zulueta, San Diego State University, and Robert Schwemmer, West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator for NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, at the airport in Barrow preparing for Seahorse Islands flight in a Sky Arrow 650TCN survey aircraft. Aerial Reconnaissance
Rommel Zulueta and Robert Schwemmer at the airport preparing for Seahorse Islands flight in a Sky Arrow 650TCN survey aircraft.

Approaching the Seahorse Islands from the southeast, the narrow islands are barren and sandy, providing some bird habitat in the summer months. The islands likely change shape and size through the winter months due to harsh arctic winds and ice pack movement. Aerial Reconnaissance
Approaching the Seahorse Islands from the southeast.

The shipwreck remains located off Point Franklin represent 19th century wooden ship construction. The wood frames are likely from the lower portion of the vessel near the turn of the bilge. The wooden pegs, seen here on a section of ship hull, are known as treenails and were used to fasten pieces of wood together, and in this case they were used to attach the exterior hull planking or interior ceiling planks. Aerial Reconnaissance
The shipwreck remains located off Point Franklin represent 19th century wooden ship construction.

Randolph Beebe documenting a large bow section of a wooden whaling vessel found along the shoreline. 2005-2008 Survey
Randolph Beebe documenting a large bow section of a wooden whaling vessel found along the shoreline. (HR)

The project team used ATVs to search the shoreline for wreckage and debris from the whaling shipwrecks. 2005-2008 Survey
The project team used ATVs to search the shoreline for wreckage and debris from the whaling shipwrecks. (HR)

Randolph Beebe using an underwater metal detector to search for metallic artifacts in the vicinity of the so­called “Chainplate Wreck”. 2005-2008 Survey
Randolph Beebe using an underwater metal detector to search for metallic artifacts in the vicinity of the Chainplate Wreck. (HR)

The bark Concordia, one of the ships in the 1871 fleet destined to fall victim to the Arctic’s treacherous sea­ice, hailed from New Bedford, Massachusetts. 2005-2008 Survey
The bark Concordia, one of the ships in the 1871 fleet to fall victim to the Arctic’s treacherous sea­ice, hailed from Massachusetts.

The project team used ATVs to search the shoreline for wreckage and debris from the whaling shipwrecks. 2005-2008 Survey
This structure was likely built to serve as a cache. It’s possible that some of the wood used in the structure was recovered from a ship. (HR)

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