3D model projects

The Gresham shipwreck project


In May 2012, five sections of the hull of an armed Elizabethan merchantman were moved to Stoney Cove Dive Centre, some 400 years after it sank in the Thames Estuary. The site consists of a section of bow and 15m of the port side, as well as an anchor.

The ship is now part of a unique underwater museum display where it also serves to train the next generation of nautical archaeologists.

Originally discovered in 2003 by the Port of London Authority, excavation was undertaken by Wessex Archaeology. The hull remains and associated artefacts, including iron bars, lead and tin ingots, pottery and leather were recovered together with 4 guns, one bearing the insignia ‘TG’ and the moulded emblem of a grasshopper, the mark of Sir Thomas Gresham (1519 – 1579). He was a financier and adviser to Queen Elizabeth.

Twelve tree-ring samples from the hull suggest that the timbers were felled in England after 1574.

Photography and modelling by by Martin Davies.

The 3D photogrammetry consists of 862 images taken over 2 dives in February 2017, the water temperature was only 3°C and each dive was an hour long.Watch the video of us diving the  Gresham ship wreck and taking the pictures. The camera was rigged with 2 spirit levels and a depth gauge to maintain a level camera plane and precision buoyancy was maintained above the wreck while taking pictures.


Stoney Cove underwater

This ongoing project is to record various aspects of Stoney Cove as a quarry in the past and now as a dive centre with its many underwater attractions for divers to visit.