Hunting New England Shipwrecks
Side scan sonar is a system used to generate electronic underwater images. It was developed by MIT professor Harold Edgerton back in the 1960s. Doc Edgerton was a great friend of New England wreck divers and is listed in our Hall of Fame.
This gallery contains a collection of sonar shipwreck images. Most of them are of New England wrecks and were generated on equipment manufactured by Klein Associates of Salem, NH. To help you interpret these images, we have included two views of the schooner Hamilton, that sank in Lake Ontario in 1813. The first view shows the side scan image of the wreck sitting upright in 300' of water, with her masts still intact. The second view is an artist's sketch that shows what the wreck really looks like. For more sonar images, click here to view Klein's Sonar Image Gallery.
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interpreting the scan
Lake Champlain (VT)
B. Cowin (MA)
see sonar image at left
of Salisbury (MA)
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