Over the next week and so you are invited to join NOAA and its partners as they explore the water depths of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in remote-controlled submarines in search of some of the best-preserved shipwrecks known to exist that they are hiding off the coast of North Carolina.
Today, May 16th, they will be live streaming the exploration of EM Clarkone of the largest intact US merchant shipwrecks from World War II.
EM Clark is a US tanker ship whose mission during World War II was to transport petroleum products to support Allied war efforts at home and abroad. The ship measures a whopping 79 meters (260 feet) from stern to bow and remains in remarkably good condition, making it an ideal wreck to explore and survey. It was sunk off the coast of North Carolina on March 18, 1942 after being hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat. The ship quickly sank, and all but one of the 41 crew members escaped alive on two lifeboats.
You can tune in to today’s (May 16) live stream until 5:00 p.m. EST via allwrecks.org or on youtube in the video players below – but don’t fret if you missed it, there’s a lot more to come.
The Adventure to the Wreck of EM Clark is just part of NOAA and the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) Valor in the Atlantic Expedition, which runs May 15-25. Live streams of all of this can be seen in the players below.
One of the most important stops on this journey is the final resting place of the USS monitor, a Civil War ship that sank 25 kilometers (16 miles) off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina 160 years ago. The ship was rediscovered on the seabed in 1973 at a depth of about 73 meters (240 feet).
“This is the first in-depth study of both the historical and ecological habitat of the USS monitor since NOAA and the US Navy recovered the Civil War ship’s iconic turret in 2002,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, in a press release. “The waters off North Carolina have incredible historical and ecological value, and today’s technologies offer exciting new opportunities to participate in exploration and scientific discovery.”
To protect this stunning relic of American history, its discovery prompted the creation of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, a mile-wide expanse of water that surrounds this ship and provides official protection. along with the civil war USS monitorthe Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is also home EM Clark and dozens others Allied and German ships lost in WW2, as well as a handful of WW1 and interwar ships.
Stay tuned for more live streams above!