Get­ting up close and per­sonal with wrecks

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APROGRAMME of ma­rine geo­phys­i­cal sur­veys, un­der­taken by the Cen­tre for Ap­plied Ma­rine Sciences, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor Uni­ver­sity, dur­ing the spring and sum­mer of 2018 will cap­ture high res­o­lu­tion multi-beam data for the project’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of its cho­sen 17 wrecks.

Ad­di­tional sur­vey work, in­volv­ing the Nau­ti­cal Ar­chae­ol­ogy So­ci­ety, will in­clude the cap­ture of un­der­wa­ter video footage on five of those wrecks.

These will be combined into 3D in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal models for use in the project and as part of a travelling ex­hi­bi­tion which will visit 18 Welsh mar­itime mu­se­ums from July 2018, be­fore clos­ing in De­cem­ber 2019.

The Porth­madog mu­seum will be host­ing the travelling ex­hi­bi­tion and de­liv­er­ing a pro­gramme of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vol­un­teers, of all ages and back­grounds, will en­gage with their her­itage to ex­plore, re­veal and tell the sto­ries of the peo­ple who served at sea, such as the

lucky es­capes of Cap­tain John Richard Wil­liams of Porth­madog, whose ship, the SS Lom­poc, was tor­pe­doed on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions but still man­aged to get his ves­sel safely in to port.

Dur­ing re­pairs, a piece of one of the tor­pe­does was found amongst the wreck­age and this can be seen at the mu­seum.

Sec­re­tary Robert Dafydd Cad­walader said: “The un­der­wa­ter im­ages of the wrecks ob­tained dur­ing the project are amaz­ing and well worth see­ing”.

The first event will be a talk and pre­sen­ta­tion by Drs Rita Singer and He­len Rowe, of the Royal Com­mis­sion, at the Madog Yacht Club at 7.30pm on Wed­nes­day, May 23.

Ad­mis­sion is free. The mu­seum is open 12-4 ev­ery day un­til Novem­ber and ad­mis­sion is only £2 for adults, £4 for fam­i­lies.

● The story of the SS Lom­poc is brought to life at Porth­madog Mar­itime Mu­seum, which will be host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing hi-tech im­ages of wrecks around the Welsh coast, right

● Part of a tor­pedo found in the hull of SS Lom­poc

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