Digital wizardry brings sunken World War One warship back to life


A ship wrecked in a crucial battle during the First World War has been brought to life with digital technology.

German U-boats twice torpedoed HMS Falmouth at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and it later sank in Bridlington Bay, East Yorks, with the loss of 12 crew.

Now a 3D image of the ship in its final resting place has been created and is on heritage agency Historic England’s website.

It combines results of a seabed survey with a 3D digital image of a builder’s model of the cruiser, held by the Imperial War Museum.

Historic England said: The sea off our coast was an intensely-fought battlefield. Modern technology is making our underwater heritage accessible to all.

“Aside from war memorials to those lost at sea, the traces of maritime battles are invisible to all but a few. Modern technology is now being used to make our underwater heritage accessible to all.

“Digital 3D modelling and computer visualisation can recreate the appearance of lost vessels aiding our understanding and remembrance of this largely forgotten conflict.”

HMS Falmouth fought at Jutland, a clash which saw the loss of more than 6,000 British seamen and over 2,000 Germans, engaging several German light cruisers and torpedoing the battle cruiser Lutzow.

The battle was a pivotal moment in the war, as the Germans failed to break the blockade of the North Sea by the British.

News Source MirrorNews

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