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A. E. Vickery Project: Report, 2012, Part 2

Photo Stations

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Photo station tag #20 being installed. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

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.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Forward of tag #20. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Aft of tag #20. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

(2) Photo station #26

This photo station was chosen as a station documenting the midship conditions of the wreck.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Photo station tag #26. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Forward of tag #26. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Aft of tag #26. Photo by Kelly Rodgers

(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.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Photo station tag #23. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Foreward of tag #23. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Aft of tag #23. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

(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.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Photo station tag #21. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Forward port side of tag #21. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Forward starboard side of tag #21. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Aft of tag #21. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

(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.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Photo station tag #38 and stern from the outside. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Kelly Rodgers

Tag #38–Stern from top view. Photo by Kelly Rodgers.

(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.

Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

View of the bow looking aft. Photo by Warren Lo.

Just off to the starboard side of the bow, there is a chain spill off the main deck.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Chain spill off the main deck. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Another view of the chain spill. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Aerial view of the bow section showing the relation between the bow, windlass, and chain spill. Photo by Warren Lo.

(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.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Baseline extension being attached to the rudder. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Baseline extension attached to the rudder. Photo by Warren Lo.

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.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Debris field at the end of the deep baseline. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Deadeye. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Debris field containing mast segments and rigging. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

Debris field with a closer view of the mast segments. Photo by Warren Lo.

NEUE Project Baseline Wreck of the A. E. Vickery - Photo by Warren Lo

View of the mid section of the large mast in the deep section. Photo by Warren Lo.

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

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