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ROV NEWS: First ROV Survey of the Andrea Doria

Posted on 14.10.2006 - 09:14 EDT in ROV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

A painting of the decaying SS Andrea Doria circa 2005, with its superstructure gone and hull broken after 50 years of submersion in swift North Atlantic currents. Click to enlarge.A survey team, lead by John Moyer of Moyer Expeditions and Bill Campbell of Ocean Eye, both from Warwick, Rhode Island marked the 50th Anniversary of the collision of the Andrea Doria by exploring the wreck to search for artifacts and document its rate of decay. They found areas that they have dived on in the past are now unrecognizable. Massive sections of the ship have fallen off and are lying in a debris field on the sea floor.

For the first time an ROV [Remotely Operated Vehicle] was used in addition to divers to film the wreck. The ROV that was used was the Benthos MK II Mini Rover. While divers are limited to 20-25 minutes on the bottom, the ROV can stay down indefinitely and send real time images to the surface. Information gathered on the expedition will be used in a paper to be published by Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Team leader, John Moyer was granted an Admiralty Arrest in US Federal Court, giving him exclusive salvage rights to the wreck to the wreck. He then led a team of divers that recovered two 1000 lb ceramic sculptures and other pieces of art from the wreck. His exhibit, Treasures of the Andrea Doria, has been displayed in museums, libraries, and dive shows across the country.

October 11, 2006


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