Getting up close and personal with wrecks
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