The Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic Project is an on going project. The participants were, Jerry Eliason (Project Leader) Tim Pranke (Captain) and Jim Christenson.
Because it is so deep, it requires a lot of pre-planning based upon the depth of the shipwreck and how much line and cord has to be let out without the possibility of entanglement.We departed from Silver Bay Marina Saturday Morning and cruised down to Two Harbors area. The Benjamin Noble is about ten mile out from that area which takes a lot of cruising time starting from Silver Bay Marina.
We arrived at the shipwreck site about 1:00 PM and started the procedure of dropping the camera and at least 450 feet of line and feed cord from the camera. The plan on what was going to be scanned was determined on the depth sounder/side scan and the chart plotter based on the orientation of the shipwreck.
We established our route and began the video shooting to capture video to create a High Def photo of the entire shipwreck. Since it take many hours to collect video of this detail, we ran out of daylight on Saturday and headed back to Two Harbors for a nights stay and a much needed dinner. The off to bed at about 10:30 PM.
Sunday we woke about 7:00 AM and had breakfast on-board the RV Preservation and then departed for the Benjamin Noble for the final day of drop camera video footage.
The day was a bit more windy than Saturday so it was a bit hard to keep the video camera steady. However, we did get some more video coverage until the lake decided to kick up even more which created waves not conducive to shooting video for photo mosaics. So we pulled up all the equipment and headed back to Silver Bay Marina.
After unloading the boat we stopped at the local restaurant to discuss the next procedure and or date we can get out to obtain more video to complete the photo mosaic. Tim Pranke, Jim Christenson and I decided we need much more video to complete the photo mosaic. We will need to reschedule the boat to go out. This year (2017) the RV Preservation is scheduled for more projects and is not available until next year. So the photo mosaic project will have to continue in 2018.
Please check with the GLSPS 2018 Project Schedule to see when we are scheduling the next photo shoot. If interested please contact me (Jerry Eliason) if you would like to join us for this exciting project.
Thank you to Tim Pranke and Jim Christenson for join me on the Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic Project. I hope they can join me again next Year!
Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic Project Leader
June 23 - 24, 2018
We had a great project! Saturday, June 23 was a very nice weather day. Corey Daniels, Tim Pranke, Jim Christenson and Jerry Eliason spent 5 hours with Jerry's camera on the BENJAMIN NOBLE to add to the collection of photos to be used to create a 3D model of the NOBLE. The good news is that the visibility was a lot better than it was in 2017. The bad news is that visibility only in the 20 foot range means a lot of manual work will be needed to complete the project with the imagery collected to date.
Jerry has started the labor intensive task of joining the photos. One additional day on the NOBLE with 50 foot visibility would save 100's of hours. When visibility is that good the computer does most of the work and the camera can be kept far enough off the wreck to image large sections of the wreck at one time.
On a Lake Huron wreck Jerry's computer program successfully oriented 6205 of the 6475 photos collected on the first run. So far the best run on the NOBLE was only able to orient 152 of the 71465 NOBLE photos collected to far.
Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic
September 8 - 9, 2018
The Project was canceled because of Weather!