Obtaining detailed information of shipwreck sites is critical for generating accurate historical records.
Photography and videography can capture imagery of underwater archaeological sites, but the imagery does not provide any dimensional information. With underwater laser scanning, accurate dimensional information of archaeological sites can be captured for the creation of highly detailed historical records.
The Monohansett was a wooden freighter built in 1872. In November 1907, she succumbed to an engine room fire and sunk to the bottom of Lake Huron.
In early 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used the ULS-500 to explore the Monohansett shipwreck site at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The scans generated by the ULS-500 provided 3D archaeological records of the site in its current condition and enabled a more detailed understanding of the wreck to be attained.