A VideoRay underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) captured the first still images of the schooner Atlas since its sinking in 1839 in Lake Ontario near Oswego, New York. Believed to be the oldest confirmed commercial schooner discovered in the Great Lakes, the wreckage was located in June 2013 by shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Stevens using a high resolution DeepVision side scan sonar system. They returned last week with the VideoRay ROV to obtain video recording of the shipwreck's remains.
With the VideoRay ROV, the shipwreck discovery team was able to collect video and still images of the Atlas as it appears today. The ROV was useful not only for its still and video recording, but for its ability to illuminate the pitch black environment. The wreckage lies underwater at a depth upwards of 300 feet, making visibility nearly impossible without the VideoRay's high intensity lighting.