April 12, 2022

207-year-old whaling ship discovered wrecked off coast of Pascagoula

Therese Apel

This anchor was one of two found among the remains of the Industry whaling ship in the Gulf of Mexico Source: NOAA Ocean Exploration

The remains of a 207-year-old whaling ship have been discovered off the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana.

WLOX reports the 64-foot-long vessel named “Industry” was found resting on the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pascagoula..

Searchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration & Research, along with SEARCH, Inc. and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, put brand new equipment in place that aided in finding the ship. With that equipment, underwater camera robots search the site and send a live feed back to researchers to show what they’re looking at in real time.

It enabled underwater camera robots to live stream what they saw in real-time.

“It’s a new way of doing ocean research and certainly a new way of doing ocean exploration,” Weirich said.

NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer is the only federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration, and researchers said they needed a location to test the new equipment.

Dr. James Delgado, Senior Vice President of SEARCH, Inc., said he had the perfect possibility. He has worked on major shipwrecks all over the world, including Pearl Harbor and the Titanic.

“I’ve been able to walk through these dark, deep bottom-of-the-sea halls, a vast museum, that as you find and as you work, the light comes on and there you are being exposed to a story that perhaps you didn’t even know had been written,” he told WLOX.

Industry was built in 1815 in Westport, Massachusetts. It was used to hunt whales for around 20 years before wrecking on May 26, 1836. Delgado said a storm broke the mast and damaged the ship. The crew was able to salvage some of the cargo and board another ship and then left Industry to sink.

The remains of Industry are around 6,000 feet below sea level, about 100 miles from Pascagoula.

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