June 11, 2018
Shipwreck Exploration to be Livestreamed
Coastal Reveiw Online
exploration of an unidentified shipwreck 40 miles off the coast of
Hatteras Island will be broadcast live June 25 with viewing at the
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
The deep-water robotic investigation of the unidentified shipwreck will
be conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or
NOAA, via a robotic submersible launched from the research vessel
The livestream program of NOAA’s deepwater shipwreck exploration will
take place in the aquarium’s Neptune’s Theater from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. and is included with regular aquarium admission.
Visitors will be able to ask guest experts questions who will point out
significant developments and even communicate directly with the Okeanos
archaeological team. The UNC Coastal Studies Institute will also
be on hand to present a 3-D underwater shipwreck video shot in North
Carolina waters, and offer educational interpretation of that diving
The shipwreck is in about 1,000 feet of water and its origins and the
circumstances by which it sank are unknown, according to the release.
NOAA maritime archaeologist Joe Hoyt said that records indicate several
World War II-era vessels were sunk in that area, but that an up-close
investigation is the only way to confirm the ship’s identity and
history. During the eight-hour dive, the submersible will broadcast
video back to the Okeanos’ crew, which will search for telling clues
like damage from artillery or torpedoes.
“What we’re getting is a unique opportunity to witness the uncovering
of a real maritime mystery,” said aquarium Associate Director Allen
McDowell in a statement. “And NOAA has graciously allowed us to go
along for the ride.”
McDowell added, “We don’t know what they are going to find. At that
depth, there is the possibility of not only the shipwreck, but also
interesting marine life.”
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island