Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Military related archaeology research and military history books: HMS Invincible

The Winter 2014 Newsletter of the Nautical Archaeology Society has an article on the photogrammetry on HMS Invincible.  The HMS Invincible was launched by the French Navy in 1744 and was one of many ships captured by the Royal Navy  May 3rd, 1747 at the Battle of Cape Finisterre.  She was a 74-gun 3rd rate and copied by other shipyards because she was more modern than the ships of the Royal Navy.  She wrecked at Horse Tail Sand in 1758.

During this season’s work on the underwater wreck, researchers assessed, recorded and monitored the site.  Photogrammetry was used during the work to capture very good and useful images of the Invincible. 

The ship is located in shallow waters between 7 and 9 meters in depth and is surrounded by fine white sand.  When the weather has been calm, images taken have been very good.  Hopefully this work will yield new information on the history of this warship.  More information on the technique can be found in the newsletter.

1747 - Stern of the Invincible

1747 - Head of the Invincible

1747 - Profile of The Invincible

 1749-1752 - HMS Invincible while in Royal Navy service

Recommended for further reading on the British and French navies from 1650-1815 is The Age of the Ship of the Line by Jonathon Dull.  Well-regarded by many professional historians, journals and readers.


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