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Subsea Explorers Ian Koblick and Craig ...
Subsea Explorers Ian Koblick and Craig Mullen reflect on a successful expedition during the summer of 2015 using the state-of-the-art C-Explorer 3 submarine on Roman era shipwrecks.
This meant we could concentrate on exploring the subsea world without limitation and achieved all our expedition objectives," stated Craig Mullen, co-founder of Aurora Trust Foundation.
Craig Mullen has been a pioneer in exploring and working under the sea for over five decades.
Following three tours with the Navy directing diving, salvage and deep-ocean recovery operations around the globe, he
began what has been a lifelong passion, the exploration of world's great oceans.
At Alcoa Marine, he directed the operations of the R/V Alcoa Seaprobe, the world's only all-aluminum drill-ship configured search and recovery system.
The Seaprobe was capable of locating and recovering objects from 6,000 meters beneath the ocean.
directed the Seaprobe's gathering of the first recognizable photos of the civil war era wreck site of the USS Monitor and pioneered the development of deep-ocean work systems.
In 1980, he co-founded Eastport International and was in the vanguard of the creation of robotic work systems that now routinely work in the great depths of the world's oceans.
directed some of the most complex ocean search and recovery operations including the Space Shuttle Challenger, Korean Airline 007, Air India, South African Airways, TWA 800 and numerous deep water shipwrecks, including the return to the SS Central America.
In 2004, Craig was a co-founder of the AURORA Trust, that made cultural heritage history by discovering over 20 ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea over a seven-year period.
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Craig Mullen, an AURORA Founder indicates it is sitting upright, almost as though it was still operational and ready to resume its voyage instead of immobile where it came to rest after the violence that brought it to its 70 year resting place on the seafloor off the coast of Malta.
Key Largo-based ocean explorer Ian ...
Key Largo-based ocean explorer Ian Koblick and his partner Craig Mullen are hoping to change that by conducting the first comprehensive survey of the Keys ocean floor.
"We're treasure hunting for cultural jewels," Mullen
Koblick and Mullen
are attacking the shipwreck project with technology - sidescan sonar, subfloor profiler, magnetometer, remote-operated vehicle - along with their decades of expedition and underwater experience.
Mullen, a former Navy diver, was president of the company that helped recover the booster rocket after the space shuttle Challenger exploded over the Atlantic.
Since 2003, their Aurora Special Purpose Trust
has discovered 27 wrecks, from a 7th Century B.C. Phoenician vessel to a World War II submarine, in the depths of the Mediterranean.
Turning their attention to their own backyard, they don't expect to find intact wrecks or cargo.
For starters, many of the ships were made of wood, "and the wood is all gone," Mullen
"Critters like the shipworm eat it up."
Much of the cargo and other valuables was recovered by Keys wreckers who scavenged the wrecks, and much of the rest became divers' souvenirs.
But Koblick and Mullen
believe there is still a good chance of locating cannons, steam boilers, machinery and other metallic parts.
The data was captured onboard the 34-foot survey vessel by Rick Horgan, a remote sensing specialist and former Navy buddy of Mullen's, and also transmitted to Horgan's computer via the tow cable.
It took about 10 days to survey the two sections, a monotonous process that Mullen
says is like "mowing grass.
While they found plenty of modern-day sailboats, dinghies and other debris, they did not find any "clear, stick-up-out-of-the-bottom shipwrecks," Mullen
"But we didn't expect to."
They did find a series of perfectly round sinkholes near Carysfort Reef, some about 50 feet across, depth so far unknown.
"We want to go back with the ROV and try to understand how they got there," Mullen
"We saw a couple of these type of sinkholes in the Mediterranean, but those were Ice Age type of things."
They also found a number of reefs more than 100 feet deep that didn't appear to be on any charts, Mullen
The mosaic also features some aberrations that appear worthy of further investigation.
"One might be an old anchor that leads us somewhere," he
"We're doing it about as cheap as we can be doing this, and it still costs about $5,000 a day," Mullen
Finding funding isn't easy.
"It is a harder sell than treasure hunting," Mullen