A Lagoon as wreck hunter!
|27 November 2017||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Lagoon world|
Usually a Lagoon is perfect for cruising, discovering beautiful moorings and offering amazing moments with friends or family… But some people use them in a completely different way!
An archeologist team, onboard a Lagoon 410 named “Ocean King” lives extraordinary adventures: they sail to search Phoenician sailing ships from the Antiquity. This Lagoon has been designed for complex maritime expeditions. She is well equipped, with an advanced sonar, a command and control post, plenty of monitors, an Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle with a submarine camera (ROV), a specific launching system, a satellite navigation systems…This equipment makes her a perfect vessel to be a wreck seeker. Iftach Kozik, Lagoon dealer in Israel, supports the process of optimization of the catamaran to become a “treasure hunter catamaran”.
The ROV system
A little bit of history: the building of the British warship HMS M15 was finished in 1915. This ship has been called to participate in the “third battle of Gaza” in 1917. The German submarine UC38 has been built in 1916, to participate in the same battle, she destroyed the British warship. After many victories, the submarine sunk in Greece, near Lefkada. These two sunken boats were never found.
The HMS M15
The UC38 submarine
What is the connection between a British warship, a German submarine and the Lagoon 410?
In 2014, the Lagoon 410’s crew was on an expedition near Israel. During this expedition, the team targets 22 boats, potentially interesting to search. One of them looks like to an old battle ship from the beginning of the 20th century. Using the ROV, the crew took pictures of the wreck. The shape of her hull, the guns and other elements led them to think that she was the HMS M15. Simultaneously to the expedition, a student managed to find the original logbook of the German submarine UC38, during an archive work. This book was full of information on the Gaza’ battle: detailed maps, detailed activities of the submarine, and specifically the mission to sink the British battle ship.
This discover is surprising because it is really far from the original purpose about the Phoenician boats. For now, the British battle ship, deeply anchored on the bottom of the sea, is complicated to identify. Today, her identification is still not finished and some important proofs need to be find to conclude that the ship is truly the British warship, but our seekers are already convinced.
The Ocean King
Thanks to the capacities of the Lagoon research vessel, and the low expenses of the expedition, it will be possible to come back to the wreck’s place for further investigation on the warship. Meanwhile, the crew of the Lagoon 410 does not give up her primary objective, so they are still looking for Phoenician boats…. The adventure continues!