The Disintegration of the Wreck

These drawings by Sally Elmer were taken from:

"Pandora: an archaeological perspective" 
By Peter Gesner: ISBN 0 7242 4482 4
Queensland Museum

 

Stage 1 - 1 year after sinking - spars and rigging floated off, general weakening of structure and light sediment deposits

 

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Stage 2 - 1 to 10 years. Upper deck collapses - marine borer activity. Sediment build up in spaces diagram2.jpg (8851 bytes)
Stage 3 - 10 to 50 years. Collapse of structural timbers. Seabed buildup around hull and heavy objects drop to lower areas of hull.

 

 

 

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Stage 3 - 50 to 80 years. Stabilisation of Wreck. Spaces filled with sediment that stops marine borer activity. Organic material insulated from oxygen.

 

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An impression of the wreck today .. as it is embedded. 
There is still a lot to be discovered as to what hull structure remains.

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