Marine artefacts on loan to Munster for a year
Two large marine artefacts from the Stralsunder Nautineum are on their way to Munster where they will go on exhibition for a year. Starting their 550km journey via heavy transport last Thursday, the underwater station “BAH I” and the Shark Observer Vehicle “SOV1” are scheduled to be showcased in a special exhibition entitled “Wasser bewegt – Erde Mensch Natur” (literally “Moving Water – Earth’s Nature”), which will open on September 30th at the Museum of Natural History.
Expressing his delight at being able to increase the exposure of their artefacts to more people, Michael Mäuslein, curator of the Marine Research Technology at the German Maritime [Oceanographic] Museum also hoped that there would be synergy generated for the Nautineum, where visitors can still view more large artefacts of marine research. The Nautineum is open until the end of October, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.
First German underwater station “BAH I”
The first German underwater station “BAH I” was built by the company Babcock and started operations in 1968. At that time, venturing to depths of 20 metres was considered uncharted territory and explorers who did so put their lives in danger. Although “BAH I” was used only once in the open seas, it yielded valuable information for the larger underwater laboratory Helgoland (currently housed at the Nautineum). In 2003, “BAH I” was adopted as a technical monument by the Clausthal University of Technology, then was moved to the Nautineum on the island of Little Dänholm later in the year.
Dimensions of “BAH I”: Length: approx 6 metres. Width: 4 metres. Height: 4.8 metres. Weight: 20 tonnes.
Submersible “SOVI” (Shark Observer Vehicle)
Normally housed in the hall for marine research technology in the Nautineum, the Shark Observer Vehicle (“SOVI”) has been on permanent loan from the international shark conservation organisation SHARKPROJECT (www.sharkproject.org) since 2012. Before this, between 2006 and 2007, it was used in collaboration by scientists from SHARKPROJECT in South Africa to observe and film the behaviour of great white sharks, in a bid to gather data as a basis for their protection.
Dimensions of “SOVI”: Length: approx 4.3 metres. Height: 1.55 metres. Weight: 700 kg.
Further information: www.deutsches-meeresmuseum.de