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Search for the Wreck of the Nova Zembla with the DTG2

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Deep Trekker will embark on a mission to find the missing wreck of the Nova Zembla this summer with the expedition team from the Arctic Institute of North America. 


Nova Zembla, Scottish Whaling Vessel

The Scottish whaling vessel Nova Zembla wrecked in a fjord off Baffin Bay on Thursday, September 18th, 1902. The crew was rescued by fellow whalers, the Diana and Eclipse.

Alongside newspaper testimonies from the crew on their return, these first-hand accounts place the wreck in a harbour on the east coast of Baffin Island, in shallow water and protected from the destructive effects of turbulent sea ice conditions. Nova Zembla struck a reef while running for cover in a storm. It sank fast and the crew had little time to abandon ship. The valuable whalebone was rescued from its stores and transferred to the Diana, who revisited the wreck the following year and salvaged its rudder.

Deep Trekker will embark on a mission to find the missing wreck with the expedition team from the Arctic Institute of North America, later this summer.

Whaling in the Canadian Arctic

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If successfully re-located, Nova Zembla would be the first Arctic whaling wreck in the eastern Canadian Arctic to be found and investigated. Whalers were the first sailors to extensively ply these Arctic waters and as such the knowledge gained by their voyages was an invaluable asset to future Arctic voyages.

Information gained from the discovery of the Nova Zembla will complement the current investigation of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, by Deep Trekker and Parks Canada, and contribute to a more holistic understanding of the exploration of the Canadian Arctic.

Read more: Searching for the Avro Arrow with an Underwater Drone

Due to the quality and abundance of information in the historical documents it has been possible for the expedition team to refine the search grid to an area of 5km2. The search for the wreck will be conducted with the help of Deep Trekker’s DTG2 remotely operated vehicle and sidescan sonar acoustic imaging deployed from a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat.

Further exploration of the surrounding coast will also be conducted to identify the harbour location and any artifact caches on the beach.

Read more: Shipwreck Hunting with Sonar Equipped Underwater Drone

Shipwreck Hunting with a Remotely Operated Vehicle

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Deep Trekker is excited to be participating in the search for the wreck of the Nova Zembla , offering the expedition team with sonar-equipped ROVs in low-visibility water conditions.

Stay tuned as we set sail to the Arctic and begin our search with the expedition team from the Arctic Institute of North America.

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