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A. E. Vickery Project: Report, 2012, Part 2
The photo stations were selected based on points of interest on the wreck, with an effort to cover the bow, midships and stern. The first two dives were spent scouting for the stations, and the last 4 dives were spent obtaining photos from the stations, forward and aft of the stations, and also obtaining photos in general of the wreck.
Five photo stations were set up on the wreck and tagged. They were also measured for their location on the wreck using offset measurement. The baseline was set with 0 at the Bow of the ship, running down the center of the ship to the stern.The photo stations were selected based on points of interest on the wreck, with an effort to cover the bow, midships and stern. The first two dives were spent scouting for the stations, and the last 4 dives were spent obtaining photos from the stations, forward and aft of the stations, and also obtaining photos in general of the wreck.
|Tag #||Baseline (meters)||Offset (meters)|
|20||4.20||0.5 starboard side|
|26||15.30||2.0 port side|
|23||26.8||1.3 starboard side|
|21||36.3||0.5 starboard side|
|38||42.3||1.0 starboard side|
(1) Photo station #20
This station was selected due to its proximity to the windlass which is forward of the tag, and the deterioration forward of the first hold, which is aft of the tag. These two items of interest can be evaluated over time for deterioration.
(2) Photo station #26
This photo station was chosen as a station documenting the midship conditions of the wreck.
(3) Photo station #23
This location was chosen as it documents the midships mast which has fallen over across the deck, and degradation of the wreck both centre ship and starboard side when looking forward of the tag.
(4) Photo station #21
This station was chosen due to it’s proximity to much of the deck degradation which is mostly on the starboard side. This area of the wreck is at most risk for further deterioration.
(5) Photo Station #38
This station was chosen to document the stern of the wreck. The stern has suffered much deterioration and is arguably the most vulnerable to further damage. The documentation shows the stern from outside the wreck looking in, and then a top side view of the stern. This tag is located on the lower deck section of the stern.
(6) Additional points of interest
The bow itself, at the baseline starting point, has what appears to be an opening right where the baseline is attached.
Just off to the starboard side of the bow, there is a chain spill off the main deck.
(7) Deep section baseline
In addition to the baseline on the primary section of the shipwreck, there is a deeper section beyond and below the stern. Here another baseline was laid from the bottom of the rudder along a large mast. This is an extension of the main baseline which runs vertically from the top of the middle stern railing, down to the rudder where it is secured, and then run along the deep mast section. Along this baseline are various points of interest as well as a debris field.
Along this baseline there is a large debris field off to one side which contains some smaller mast segments and rigging. This debris field lies on a slight slope which slopes upwards towards the main body of the shipwreck.
At the very end of the deep baseline is a debris field consisting of some lock and tackle as well as deadeyes. This will serve the interest of documenting the existence of these items, which will aid in preserving these items. Should any of these items go missing, this will serve as a reference to their existence and an aid to recovery of any missing items.
Video and Photographing the Wreck
Videography was handle by another team on the project. Another stills photographer also documented the wreck.
Other points of interest on this wreck include:
- Bow shot from the front of the ship
- Anchor chain draping off the starboard side
- Marker stakes set stern side
- Marker set on the rudder where zebra mussel count was taken Teams working on survey measurements
- Top side views of the wreck