The works within the scope of the Project on “Opening H.M.S. Majestic Wreck to Diving Tourism” between TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM) Environment and Cleaner Production Institute (ÇTÜE) and the Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site Presidency (ÇATAB) that signed on 01 October 2019 have come to end.
In the Project, which is supported by the South Marmara Development Agency (GMKA) and coordinated by Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site Presidency (ÇATAB) under the consultancy of İstanbul University (İÜ), TÜBİTAK MAM ÇTÜE contributes to making an inventory, protection and functionalization of ships sunken during the Gallipoli Campaign.
The goals of the project include the determination of the current underwater location of all ships sunken in the First World War in our work area defined within the scope of the Project and making a shipwreck inventory.
Within the scope of the project, which is planned to open shipwrecks to diving tourism, a number of studies were carried out on the wreck of "H.M.S. Majestic". The underwater documentation of the shipwreck has been completed; and the "Diver Monitoring System", which is currently in production to be put into service upon the opening of the shipwreck to tourism, was designed by TÜBİTAK MAM ÇTÜE. With this system, it will be possible to monitor the divers diving on the “H.M.S. Majestic” ship in near real time through a computer environment. Also, underwater cameras will be placed in the shipwreck area to transmit live images from the wreck site.
The project advisors Prof. Ufuk KOCABAŞ, Dr. Evren TÜRKMENOĞLU and their team from İstanbul University Faculty of Letters Department of Conservation and Restoration of Movable Cultural Assets continue archeological research on all the shipwrecks detected, primarily on the wreck of “H.M.S Majestic”.
With the completion of the project, a ship sunken during the Gallipoli Campaign (H.M.S. Majestic) will be opened to underwater visitors for the first time.