Archeological operations and classifications of wrecks off the coast of Corse, coordinated by the French DRASSM (Département des Recherches Archéologiques Subaquatiques et Sous-marines du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication) using a Ageotec ROV PERSEO GTV piloted by the crew of Copetech, have been successfully completed. This operation will be the subject of a 12 episodes documentary to be aired in the fall by the French Television.
The project of archaeological research, coordinated from Marseille, aiming at classifying wrecks previously identified by the French DRASSM (Département des recherches archéologiques Subaquatiques et sous – marines). Among these wrecks, the Italian steamer Francesco Crispi, sunk off the Corsican coasts in the spring of 1943 by the torpedoes of the British submarine ‘Saracen’. The steamer was sailing with 1,300 men on board, 943 of whom died. The steamer was found in May 2015 by the Italian ROV pioneer Guido Gay of Gaymarine, during one of his many surveys in the area.
On December 1st 2015, some 72 years after the tragedy, the crew of Malraux, thanks to the hydraulic arm installed on board of Ageotec ROV Perseo GTV, deposited a silver medal in honor of the victims on the Francesco Crispi wreck, which is lying in perfect navigation trim and almost intact at a depth of 507 meters.
At these abyssal depths, only a ROV can descend to retransmit the ghostly images of buildings covered with algae undulating, traversed by fish. The director Renaud Dalmar recorded acute sonar signals and feedback from technicians that have guided the progress of the robot in the marine darkness. The mix is enriched with contemporary music to enhance the mysterious atmosphere of a world whose only these remote controlled machines. Ageotec ROV Perseo GTV used to perform the operations is also equipped with high-resolution cameras with optical fiber transmission and a panoramic sonar essential for the identification of wrecks on the bottom. On board the underwater vehicle, it has been installed a video system capturing and recording system developed by DRASSM, in order to acquire high-resolution video and photogrammetry images for the realization of orthophotos.
Now the project become a a 12 episodes documentary, “La fabrique de l’Histoire” broadcasted on France Culture.