Western Empire: the deep water wreck of a mid-nineteenth century wooden sailing ship
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This study of Western Empire is split into two distinct parts: (1) historical research of the life of the vessel, relying on primary documents; and (2) analysis of the deep water survey data. The first part concentrates on the historical documents that constitute the history of Western Empire. The second part begins with a review of the tools and procedures used in performing the deep water survey. An analysis of the information that can be taken from such a study will follow, and it concludes with suggestions for remotely operated vehicle operators when performing an on-the-fly survey of shipwrecks in deep water. The official ship logs, crew agreements, and contemporary newspaper articles are used to recreate the life of Western Empire and shed light on a period in which wooden sailing ships were being displaced by iron ships and steam power.
Levin, Joshua Aaron (2003). Western Empire: the deep water wreck of a mid-nineteenth century wooden sailing ship. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from