Mayflower Autonomous Researcher Ship (MARS)

The Mayflower

World’s first full-sized, fully autonomous unmanned ship 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 on a small budget, Promare began development of a low-cost, full-ocean-depth robotic vehicle system more than two years ago. The prototype vehicle, 11K, is depth-rated to 11,000 meters and can be operated in AUV mode (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) or ROV mode (Remotely Operated Vehicle) mode.



ProMare supports and sponsors 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

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