Google Street View gets wet

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Photo: The River Thames as featured on Google Street View Photo: PLA

Google Street View is being used to record more than just dry land with the mapping of the wreck of the Mary Celestia, a paddle steamer that sank off Bermuda in 1864.

The wreck of the Mary Celestia is a popular dive site lying 55 feet beneath the water off the coast of Bermuda. The vessel played a crucial role in the American Civil War smuggling goods in and out of America.

Google catalogued images from the Caitlin Seaview Survey and uploaded them to Street View making the wreck accessible for the first time to non-divers who can now browse the wreck without getting wet.

Mary Celestia left port in Bermuda on 14 September 1864 laden with meat and ammunition but it never reached its destination of Wilmington in North Carolina. It’s thought to have hit a reef and sunk, but fortunately most of the seamen escaped with their lives being just 600 yards from shore.

Google has mapped other dive sites including the South West Breaker in Bermuda, a huge underwater structure made from fossilised worms.

It has also just mapped the whole of the River Thames – the first river in Europe, with the help of the Port of London Authority (PLA).