SEARCH directed the discovery and documentation of the wreck site of the oil tanker SS Bloody Marsh.
A UK-based satellite mapping organization detected oil slicks, requesting a sonar survey and ROV dive from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer. SEARCH maritime archaeologists led the dive remotely via telepresence and guided the ROV pilots in documenting the World War II wreck. SS Bloody Marsh lies inverted on the seabed with torpedo damage at the stern. Parts of the bow and forward part of the ship were also broken off from a torpedo strike.
The main hull of the wreck is intact and may still hold large amounts of oil.
“The discovery of Bloody Marsh is a story of collaboration and employing technology to locate shipwrecks in deep water. Potentially polluting wrecks pose an environmental threat, and locating and documenting them is the first step toward mitigating that risk.”
Dr. Michael Brennan, Maritime Principal Investigator, SEARCH, Inc.