SO482A--Historic Shipwrecks


SO482A Historic shipwrecks: Science, History, and Engineering (1-0-1). Web-based course showing how history, science, and engineering can be used together to look for historic ship wrecks from the Age of Sail.  We will focus on John Paul Jones and the Bonhomme Richard, but stress general principles and concepts with broad applicability.  We will discuss ship construction and naval tactics of the era, and the historical record of the battle between Bonhomme Richard and Serapis, and how what those might imply about what the wreck might look like today.  We will look at scientific models for the tides and ship drifting in the North Sea, and the principles of geographical information systems and creating map databases to display the historic data and search results.  We will look at engineering principles of sensor design and employment, and then recovery in the marine environment.  Four evening guest lectures will complement the self-paced, web-based weekly lessons.

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USNA Blackboard

Using Adobe Connect

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There is a 3 credit version of this course (SO486H/EN48L:  Historical  Shipwrecks: A Multidisciplinary Perspective) which covers the material in more detail and includes hands-on project based work.


Last revision 2/2/2012