Industry was an American-built whaling brig active in the Gulf of Mexico from 1816 until it sank in 1836. Master carpenter Issac Cory, Jr., son of the brig’s owner, Issac Cory, Sr., began construction of the brig in Westport, Massachusetts, in 1815, and completed it in 1816. 

 

Industry had an overall length of 19.5 meters, a beam of 6.1 meters, an 2.6 meters depth of hold, and a registered tonnage of 94.3 tons. It was constructed with a single deck and had two masts. Designed to serve as a whaler, it operated as such for approximately 20 years in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. On May 26, 1836, a storm damaged one of Industry’s masts and its hull, causing it to take on water and sink. The location of its sinking was recorded approximately 70 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

 

Identified as Site 15563 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) after it was first located by an energy company in 2011, this shipwreck site was explored for the first time — and determined to most likely be Industry — on February 25, 2022, during a NOAA Ocean Exploration shakedown expedition aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer — equipped with an Insight Pacific Zeus Plus camera capable of collecting high-definition footage — was used to document the site, which is at a depth of approximately 1,845 meters and is approximately 22 meters long and 7 meters wide. 

 

A photogrammetric model of this site made by BOEM already exists. This model from NOAA Ocean Exploration is based on the same data using footage from timestamps 19:10 to 20:15. This footage was processed into still images using Photoshop and was not color corrected. 4,636 images were used for the three photo models of the site (the entirety of the site, the stove, and an anchor). 

 

The full annotated video of this dive can be viewed on SeaTube. 

 

Site Name

Industry

Type

UCH

UCH Vessel Date Built

1816

UCH Vessel Date Sank

May 26, 1836

Hull Material

Wood

Official Number

N/A

Expedition Number

EX2201

Expedition Name

2022 ROV and Mapping Shakedown

ROV Dive Number

02

ROV Dive Date

February 25, 2022

Location

Northern Gulf of Mexico

Depth

1845 meters

Length

Approximately 22 meters

Width

Approximately 7 meters

ROV Used

Deep Discoverer

Camera Information

Insight Zeus Plus HD, 3-CCD color camera with 2/3-inch 2,200,000 pixel 1080i IT CCDs

Video or Stills

Video

Number of Images Used/Format

4,636/JPG

Image Alignment Percentage

83%

Number of Tie Points

1,408,604

Link to Raw Video Footage

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/ocean-exploration/video/?cruiseId=EX2201&oerkey=DIVE02

Time to Complete

6 hours

Orthomosaic Views Available

No

Images Available

Yes

Animations Available

Yes

Available File Exports/Location/POC

archaeology.oceanexploration@noaa.gov

Link to NOAA Ocean Exploration Project Page

https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/news/oer-updates/2022/industry.html

 
Software: Agisoft Metashape Standard Version 2.0.1.
Developer: Raymond Phipps, NOAA Ocean Exploration explorer-in-training, August 4, 2023.
Credit: Model courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2022 ROV and Mapping Shakedown.