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 research ship. The vessel will take the same 3220 mile route the original Mayflower used 400 years ago. It will only use wind and solar technology for the journey, and will also gather data about the condition of the ocean.

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Technology

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.

Bozburun Archaic Wreck

A shipwreck that dates to late 7th century BC – early 6th century BC (Archaic Period) was discovered near Bozburun Peninsula, southwestern coast of Turkey. The first season of the excavation yielded over a hundred large plates (mortarium), and amphoras from Cyprus, Phoenicia, Chios and Miletus. Most distinct and unique finds from the wreck are small limestone votive figurines: two lions, a bird, a figure holding a ram and another male figure. Broken head of a terracotta figurine wearing a helmet was also recovered. Based on archaeological parallels, the ship is likely to have originated from Cyprus where similar votive figurines were discovered from terrestrial excavations.

Elizabeth Lyding Will

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