Dorset

World War One Dorset coast shipwreck created in 3D

The John Mitchell wreck Image copyright The Maritime Archaeology Trust
Image caption The 3D model of the wreck maps out parts of the vessel and its equipment

Archaeologists have created a 3D digital model of a World War One shipwreck off the Dorset coast.

The John Mitchell was on war service maintaining and patrolling anti-submarine nets when it hit another vessel and sank in November 1917.

The wreck of the steam-powered fishing boat lies at a depth of 40m (131 ft) about 15 miles south of Christchurch.

The 85ft (25m) vessel has been pieced together from hundreds of photographs taken during dives on the site.

The model has been created as part of the Forgotten Wrecks project - a four-year project to research some of the 700 wrecks on the south coast.

Image copyright The Maritime Archaeology Trust
Image caption A diver examines the engine behind the boiler at the wreck site which covers the area of a tennis court
Image copyright Port of Lowestoft Research Society
Image caption Crew members from the steamer were saved and brought into harbour

Archaeologists hope to survey as many of them as possible before they disintegrate.

The wrecks include merchant and naval ships, passenger, troop and hospital ships, and crashed aircraft.

Run by the Hampshire based charity, the Maritime Archaeology Trust, it is being funded through a grant of £1.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The information collected from the dive will be shown online and in a series of planned exhibitions.

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