The discovery of the San Jose shipwreck
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed and operated technology crucial to the success of finding the Spanish ship that sank more than 300 years ago.
Ove Ronny HaraldsenGroup Communication Manager
REMUS 6000 being deployed off the Colombian Navy research ship ARC Malpelo. (Mike Purcell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).
In November 2015, the MAC survey team and WHOI researchers returned to Colombian waters for a second search effort. Side scan sonar images gave the crew the first indications of the find from of the wreck. To confirm the wreck’s identity, REMUS descended to just 30 feet above the wreck where it was able to capture photos of a key distinguishing feature of the San José—its cannons. (REMUS image, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).
A newly released gridded mosaic of images taken by the REMUS 6000 shows the complete wreck site. (Mosaic by Jeff Kaeli, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).