Presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Cost: $5 for Adult and Child tickets. Free for Members.
Lecture begins at 7:00PM – Doors open at 6:15 PM
This past August, our friends at NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary launched an expedition to explore the deep water shipwreck sites of the German U-576 and the freighter Bluefields off the coast of North Carolina. Discovered by NOAA in 2014, the shipwrecks represent the only WWII battlefield off the U.S. East Coast where the aggressor and its casualty, from the same engagement, lie nearly side by side on the seafloor. Using two small submersibles, the NOAA team acquired exciting new images of the sites by using laser scanners, multi-beam sonar, and photogrammetry to create models of the shipwrecks and virtually raise them from the seafloor. The virtual models will now help NOAA share this history with the public and shed light on a little known chapter of WWII. While NOAA archaeologists documented the sites, marine biologists studied the habitat of the natural resources on the shipwrecks and the surrounding area. The combination of the two objectives gave NOAA a more complete picture of the marine environment and the current state of the shipwrecks preservation.
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Members, you’re also invited to meet the speakers at a Members-only Reception preceding the lecture program. 5:30 PM · Concourse RSVP for the Members-only Reception here…
David Alberg, Sanctuary Superintendent (Credit: NOAA)
David Alberg, Sanctuary Superintendent, provides daily oversight for the Sanctuary and oversees the long-term preservation of the wreck site and the artifacts that have been recovered from the USS Montior. He is also heavily involved in policy development, education and public outreach to heighten public awareness and protect our submerged cultural legacy.
Tane Casserley, Research Coordinator (Credit: NOAA)
Tane Casserley, Research Coordinator, specializes in 19th-century warships and deep-water archaeology. He has led multiple NOAA archaeological expeditions using technical diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and manned submersibles.
Joseph Hoyt, Maritime Archaeologist (Credit: NOAA)
Joseph Hoyt, Maritime Archaeologist, specializes in archaeological recording of deep water shipwrecks. He has worked on projects in the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and several inland rivers. Most recently, Hoyt has been the Chief Scientist on a multifaceted wide area investigation of WWII era shipwrecks lost off the coast of North Carolina.