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L72- A forgotten tragedy

June 3 2015
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On June 3 we return to Malta to explore the wreck which lies at a depth of nearly 100 meters. Divers will descend to the wreck but due to the limited bottom time we will film the wreck using the OpenROV. The OpenRov team has prepared for us a special enhanced version of their ROV that can dive safely to more than 100 meters. Our aim is to check the performance of the OpenRov in difficult conditions while working on the wreck on the high seas and at great depth. We will share our pictures and videos on the blog. More information will available on our website and our Facebook page.

June 3 2015

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Preparation Stage

OpenRov was tested one week. We had a few technical problems but we managed to solve them. We had a problem with a software glitch. We exchanged one motor. In summary, our unit has failed.

We were unable to shoot video footage of the wreckage. This was caused by several factors. First of all, there was a strong current on the wreck. There was not enough time that we could spend on with the rov above the wreck. We shared operating time with a team of divers and after several unsuccessful attempts to use OpenRov had to give up. Several times after a few minutes of operation the unit stopped working. We could not restore communication with the ROV and we had to upload the software once again which was impossible to do at sea. Summing up, the use of OpenRov to penetrate a wreck so deep is possible but requires a lot of work. Using it on an expedition where each hour of work is valuable is ineffective.

Thanks to Erica Moulton who helped us with a quick way to solve our technical problems.

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Compliments for your search . I also use Starfish 450 and 452 . I would like to visit your Website but need the address . Best regards. JPMISSON

We used to searching the wreck the two side scan sonar.
We had to be modified to work in greater depth.
The first is the Tritech STARFISH 452F. The second is the Lowrance HDS 7 with a transmitter LSS-2 HD. To this transmitter I had to do tow fish and extend the cable up to 70m.
Two sonars were doing very well during the search.
Our example shows that you can search effective wrecks have equipment available for everyone.
Sorry for the grammar but I do not know English and I use Google translator.

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Did you end up getting footage of the wreck? This is so cool.

Sonar image of the wreck ORP KUJAWIAK 22.09.2014

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The wreck is so distinctive. it's laying somewhat on it's starboard side?

This is gonna be GREAT!!

Wow - this is really cool! So excited to follow this.

Expedition Background

Our project began last year but now we are continuing the adventure with the OpenRov.

We are an association of divers who organize expeditions aimed at studying the history of
the sea, ships and vessels. Most of the members of our association are Polish.

The history of our country, especially during WWII, is very important to us as during that
period the Poles showed tremendous courage and bravery. During World War II Polish soldiers
fought on fronts around the world in the course of defending many nations.

In the year 2014 we decided to organize an expedition aimed at finding the wreck of the Polish
escort destroyer ORP Kujawiak which sank on the 16th of June, 1942 off the coast of Malta
while escorting a convoy of supplies to the besieged stronghold.

Last year's expedition was successful and on September 22nd we located the shipwreck. More
information is available on the website www.orpkujawiak.com

On June 3 we return to Malta to explore the wreck which lies at a depth of nearly 100 meters.
Divers will descend to the wreck but due to the limited bottom time we will film the wreck
using the OpenROV. The OpenRov team has prepared for us a special enhanced version of
their ROV that can dive safely to more than 100 meters. Our aim is to check the performance
of the OpenRov in difficult conditions while working on the wreck on the high seas and at
great depth. We will share our pictures and videos on the blog. More information will available
on our website and our Facebook page.

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So excited to follow along with this one, Michael!