ActionQuest Baltic- Time to Start Diving!
Posted: Mon, Jul 15, 2013
In just a few days the ActionQuest Baltic program will be underway for the portion of the summer that will see us scuba diving and using our ROV, Side Scan Sonar and other cool gear to explore the Swedish east coast in the Stockholm Archipelago (also known as the Stockholm Skrgrd) and beyond.
Over the last few weeks we have been out offshore in deep water aboard M/V Andromeda learning to deploy and operate all the equipment we have aboard. Using the Swedish historical database known as the Fornsk, we have been practicing locating and ROV diving on wrecks that have been previously located, yet in most cases have not been viewed/recorded in video format.
It has been a steep learning curve in terms of operating the equipment and the vessel in concert, to look at wrecks that in some cases were less then 60ft long and are resting in more then 600ft of water. We now believe we have gotten the hang of it and are looking forward to operating in shallower and calmer water for a few weeks.
During our time in Stockholm we will be meeting with marine archeologists from the Swedish Maritime Museum and also historians and archeologist from the famous Vasa Museum. Before we leave Stockholm headed south we hope to be posting a few video clips and sonar images of the wrecks we have seen so far.
This next segment of the summer should see us visiting the city of Kalmar, home of the Kalmar Slott castle and the Kronan shipwreck museum and excavation. We also hope to revisit the medieval town of Visby on the Island of Gotland.
Stay tuned for more updates from the Baltic!