Mayflower Autonomous Researcher Ship (MARS)

The Mayflower

ProMare is a key partner in the development of the world’s first full-sized, fully autonomous unmanned ship. It will make the 3,220 mile trip that aims to gather data about the condition of the ocean. The vessel will take the same route the original Mayflower 400 years ago, but use only solar and wind technology for the journey.


In order to explore the deepest parts of the world’s oceans, ProMare has funded the development of a low-cost, full-ocean-depth robotic vehicle system. The prototype was used to explore the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean, the Puerto Rico Trench, more than 8000 meters deep.



ProMare supports and sponsors a wide range of research projects. Our main effort in 2016 is the archaeological excavation of the Hisarönü Shipwreck in southwestern Turkey. Dating to the first half of the second millenium B.C., the site represents one of the earliest manifestations of the seafaring activities in the Mediterranean. The excavation began in 2015 under the directorship of Assoc. Prof. Harun Özdaş from Dokuz Eylül University.

Elizabeth Lyding Will

For more information about the life, works and legacy of Elizabeth Lyding Will, click here.