Did Ballard do a photographic survey of the Lusitania wreck


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Despite the Lusitania wreck being flattened and as askew as a dropped deck of cards, I have long wondered Ballard did any kind of photographic survey, so a mosaic of the wrecksite could later be compiled. Such would be a very important reference guide for Lusitania researchers...


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Ken's art of this wreck are the only overviews of Lusitania. The only mosaic I know of is the ship's name on the port side.
 
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Ken's paintings are superb, but I'm a bit flabbergasted if the wrecksite was not photographed throughout..
How did Ballard expect future explorers to make sense of his findings, if there was no photographic reference guide?
Perhaps the photos were indeed taken, but just not yet compiled into a mosaic.
If that is the case, why the delay?
I would be very eager to see a photo mosaic of the Lusitania wreck, even if she is a flattened ruin...


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Who knows.

I'd like to see one made of Britannic. Two mosaics of her, one showing the straight down view and the other showing the bottom of the hull and the superstructure as if the ship were upright and the viewer was looking down at her. This also helps in making an accurate wreck model of Britannic.
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The sidescan sonar that they did has come in useful but for my Britannic wreck I would like to see a mosaic of the foreward well deck.
 
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To answer Tarn's question Greg Bemis, the owner of the wreck, has finally managed to get permission from the Irish courts to dive the wreck.

He plans, among other things, to care out a full survey of the wrecksite.
He also intends to enter the hulk to search for evidence to explain the source of the 2nd explosion.

Martin
 

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