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"La Lune" 2012

posted 26 Jan 2013, 00:47 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez

GIRONA500 AUV explores “La Lune”, a french  wreck of the XVII century

During the last week of August 2012 CIRS UdG-Team has been exploring an ancient wreck in the coast of Toulon. “La Lune”,  was a ship of the french royal navy of the young king Louis XIV, sunken on November the 8th 1664 with about 800 men on board. The wreck lays around 90 m. depth in the Coast of Toulon, and it is very well conserved. An optical survey reveals that its canons and other utensiles are still in very well conditions.

CIRS UdG-Team has been contracted by a documentary producer to set up a preliminary optical cartography of the site to be used for the documentary under production.

The survey took place the last week of August on board the “Bon Pigall” boat belonging to the Argomaris private foundation. The Work was supervised by Michel l’Hour director of the DRASSM (Département des recherches archéologiques subaquatiques et sous-marines). Two robots were used, a Lynx ROV property of Argomaris as well a GIRONA500 AUV property of CIRS. The last one was endowed with a multibeam sonar profilers as well as with two stereo pairs, one using a bumblebee stereocam and the other one, a CIRS creation using two 21Mp (each) photographic cameras which were able to gather wreck images of astonishing quality.