Site 15377 is a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico that was likely a fully-rigged ship, bark, or barkentine that was probably constructed between 1830 and the middle of the 19th century. It has copper sheathing on the hull, an assemblage of ceramics, stoneware, and blown glass containers, among other artifacts. In the center of the site is a sheet anchor, stove, and what appears to be the remains of a windlass or possible bilge pump. Judging from the layout of the hull and how boxy it is, it is likely that it was a merchant vessel designed for long ocean voyages.

Identified as Site 15377 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), this wreck site was explored for the first time on December 9, 2017, during an expedition led by NOAA Ocean Exploration 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 700 meters and is 32 meters long and 10 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 21:45 to 23:10. The footage was processed into still images using Photoshop and was color corrected.

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

Site Name: Site 15377

Type: UCH

UCH Vessel Date Built: Post 1830

UCH Vessel Date Sank: N/A

Hull Material: Wood

Official Number: N/A

Expedition Number: EX1711

Expedition Name: Gulf of Mexico 2017

ROV Dive Number: 07

ROV Dive Date: December 9, 2017

Location: Gulf of Mexico

Depth: 700 meters

Length: 32 meters

Width: 10 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: 4,905/JPG

Image Alignment Percentage: 98%

Number of Tie Points: 1,185,218

Link to Raw Video Footage:

Time to Complete: 8 hours

Orthomosaic Views Available: No

Images Available: Yes

Animations Available: Yes

Available File Exports/Location/POC:

Link to NOAA Ocean Exploration Project Page:

Software: Agisoft Metashape Standard Version 2.0.1.

Developer: Raymond Phipps, NOAA Ocean Exploration explorer-in-training, June 26, 2023.

Credit: Model courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, Gulf of Mexico 2017.