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The Investigation and Excavation of a Deepwater Shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico

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The Mica Wreck (so named because it lies in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico) lies in 810 MSW, approximately 50 kilometers south of the Louisiana coast. The shipwreck will be surveyed and partially excavated in July 2002 with the aid of the U.S. Navy's NR-1 nuclear powered research submarine and several remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The primary goal of the excavation is to recover artifacts that will help determine the identity and origin of the wreck. The excavation is significant because it represents the first scientific study of a deepwater shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico. This paper will discuss the historical background and the innovative methods to be used during the excavation.

Document Type: Commentary


Publication date: September 1, 2002

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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