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NOAA to live-stream ROV exploration of SS Portland wreck

Sep 12, 2019 11:49 AM

The ship sank in a gale in 1898 in what is now Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

The following is text of a news release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

(WASHINGTON) — From Sept. 17 to 19, scientists from NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologies will explore the shipwreck SS Portland, which sank in a gale in 1898 in waters now part of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The public will be able to watch in real time as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) livestream the mission.

During the mission, a variety of innovative marine technologies, including a cinema-class ROV, will be deployed to survey and document the Portland and the marine species that contribute to the sanctuary's biological heritage. The expedition is part of NOAA’s mission to deepen understanding of national marine sanctuaries and inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers and scientists. 

Live programs will air each afternoon, giving viewers the opportunity to interact directly with members of the expedition team and to learn about the unique relationship between the human and natural world of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Classrooms around the country also will be connecting with these team members through two-way communication, allowing students to dive deeper into the expedition. 

Check out this website to learn more.

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