< NOAA Ocean Explorer: Battle of the Atlantic: Archaeology of an Underwater WWII Battlefield: Mission Logs

Battle of the Atlantic: Underwater WWII Battlefield
Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

 

September 10: Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Summary

September 10: Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Summary

We have now come to the end of a long and fruitful expedition. Trying new approaches and systems integrations while dodging tropical depressions and hurricanes presented some significant hurdles, all of which were navigated successfully.

September 9: Wonders of the Deep Sea: A Submersible Pilot’s Perspective

September 9: Wonders of the Deep Sea: A Submersible Pilot’s Perspective

The role of a Chief Submersible Pilot is to ensure the safety and reliability of our two Triton submersibles, perform all submersible maintenance, and help integrate the science equipment used for each mission.

September 8: The Improbable Story of Birth Amidst the Battle of the Atlantic

September 8: The Improbable Story of Birth Amidst the Battle of the Atlantic

On August 24th, the Battle of the Atlantic expedition welcomed Joe Mohorovic as a VIP guest onboard the R/V Baseline Explorer. Mohorovic’s connection to the Battle of the Atlantic is a personal and very unusual one.

September 7: Biology of Shipwrecks from the Battle of the Atlantic

September 7: Biology of Shipwrecks from the Battle of the Atlantic

Off the coast of North Carolina, thousands of shipwrecks speckle the seascape. These shipwrecks create reefs for fishes that our coastal fishing and diving communities depend on.

September 6: The Adventurous Life of Louis Segal

September 6: The Adventurous Life of Louis Segal

WWII veteran Louis Segal, at the tender age of 93, is undeterred as he makes the precarious step from the small transport boat onto the R/V Baseline Explorer. Everyone on the expedition team claps and cheers, and Segal has a big grin on his face.

September 4: U-576: Life and Death On A WWII German U-Boat

September 4: U-576: Life and Death On a World War II German U-boat

The German Navy was a force to be reckoned with during World War II. German submarines – or unterwasser boats (U-boats) – were on a mission to destroy merchant vessels carrying supplies to allied forces in order to hinder their war efforts.

September 3: A Day in the Life of A Dive Safety Officer

September 3: A Day in the Life of A Dive Safety Officer

As a Dive Safety Officer (DSO) for the Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Dive Team aboard R/V Baseline Explorer, Meredith's role is to manage logistics for the six-person dive team.

September 2: Human Connections: The Battle of the Atlantic Expedition is Telling a Shared Story

September 2: Human Connections: The Battle of the Atlantic Expedition is Telling a Shared Story

For many reasons, the Battle of the Atlantic expedition is a project of profound importance. It provides an opportunity to explore approaches to battlefield archaeology in a maritime environment and across a six-month time span.

September 1: Strength in Numbers: the Power of Collaboration

September 1: Strength in Numbers: the Power of Collaboration

In August 2016, Global Underwater Explorers and GlobalSubDive teamed with NOAA, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute to explore and document a series of shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina.

August 31: Expedition Update: Divers In The Water

August 31: Expedition Update: Divers In The Water

Today, two 2-person teams of volunteer GUE divers will attempt to dive the wreck of the YP-389 while R/V Baseline Explorer and the rest of the team remain safely in port 100 miles to the south. The wreck lies in 320 feet of water 32 miles off shore from the Ocracoke, NC inlet.

August 30: Back In Time With Lasers Of The Future

August 30: Back In Time With Lasers of the Future

Questions from the past that remain unanswered to this day may soon be answered with futuristic technology. The underwater laser scanner provided by 2G Robotics for the Battle of the Atlantic expedition is set to create a digital 3D scan of the sunken German submarine U-576.

August 29: Severe Weather Temporarily Suspends Dive Operations

August 29: Severe Weather Temporarily Suspends Dive Operations

Storms have battered the coast of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, for hundreds of years, and today is no exception. After spending a couple of days setting up survey gear and several days collecting data, the expedition research team had to abruptly suspended dive operations due to the high seas and strong winds for the time being.

August 28: A Day in the Life of a Submersible Surface Officer

August 28: A Day in the Life of a Submersible Surface Officer

I had the job of navigating the submersible Nemo, manned with submersible pilot Robert Carmichael and expedition lead Joe Hoyt, as they became the first men in history to witness the final resting place of the German U-boat U-576 first-hand.

August 27: Aboard the R/V Baseline Explorer

August 27: Aboard the R/V Baseline Explorer

Calm seas greeted us on August 25, as we prepared to cruise offshore the Outer Banks and back in time. This expedition to the naval battlefields of World War II has the emotional impact of walking the beach of Normandy.

August 26: Remembering the Battle of The Atlantic

August 26: Remembering the Battle of the Atlantic

In 1975, our country established the first National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of North Carolina. It was created to protect the shipwreck of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, lost in a storm December 31, 1862, along with 16 of her crew.

August 25: Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Kick-Off

August 25: Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Kick-off

The project kicked off with the team convening in Morehead City, North Carolina, to prepare for the expedition and to load all of the equipment needed to investigate the site of the U-576 and its victim the Bluefields onto the Baseline Explorer research vessel.

 

 

 

 

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