By Frank Stopa
This past September, a team of divers and support personnel brought the ‘Oldest Intact Warship in North America’ out of the depths of Lake George, New York - not literally, but virtually, for everyone to see, enjoy and appreciate. The team was from Discovery Deep, a Washington, DC-based non-profit foundation. “Discovery Deep began as a group of divers, initially on the East Coast, seeking to add to the world’s knowledge of our maritime history and to support scientific research of our oceans and waterways,” explained CEO Frank Stopa. “We are ‘citizen scientists’ contributing to a better world, one dive at a time.” They used a combination of innovative computer mapping technology and good old-fashioned hard work to do the job.
“Diving to the site in the murky, forty-degree water of the lake over fifteen dives wasn’t impossible,” commented Discovery Deep CEO Frank Stopa, “but it certainly wasn’t pleasant, warm water diving. Add to that the task of collecting video imagery of every inch of the wreck and now you have a challenge.”