I am very honored that my Red Sea models will now be exhibited in the famous Great Library in Alexandria, Egypt. Yesterday Dr. Emad Kahli, Dr. Marwa Elmakil and I opened the exhibition with two lectures on underwater archeology and photogrammetry. You can find my Egypt models here: Link
Dr. Emad Khalil: ” Today we had a unique event, and one of the most successful events ever organized by the ACHS and AlexMed in the Bibiotheca Alexandria. “Echoes of the Deep” is the first shipwreck 3D printed model exhibition to take place in Egypt. It presents our amazing maritime cultural heritage of modern shipwrecks that have been attracting divers from all over the world. The event was an example of collaboration between different sections, departments and individuals at the Library of Alexandria and beyond. However, the entire management of the event including writing the proposal to the Honor Frost Foundation to get funding, organizing the entire trip of Holger Buss and his lovely wife, sorting out all the printing details of the posters, handling every single detail, working late everyday, all this and more was done by my colleague and student Nada Kamel.”
We had a great few weeks in Greece and we scanned a lot of wrecks. But this wreck was our personal highlight: The Burdigala ex. fast steamer Kaiser Friedrich. It is 74m deep and 200m long. It’s a miracle that I managed to scan the wreck completely and without any failures. The model turned out fantastic and is the most beautiful model so far. Link
The paddle steamer Patris in Greece was built before screw steam machines were invented. It had two paddle wheels and sails. On February 23, 1868, and with 400 guests on board, the ship hit the Koundoudos reef near Kea and sank. We scanned the wrack and the entire reef in September 2023. The scanned area reaches from 1m to 54m and it was quite a challenge to scan it, because of the currents in the shallow waters.
My wife and I were invited by Roberta and Francesco from Megalehellas. We met at the BOOT in Düsseldorf and we went to Calabria (Italy) to scan two wrecks and the famous Scilla rock. The wrecks are from World War 2: the Steamer Pasubio and a wreck that is not identified, yet. Looks like it was transporting gas or gasoline.
My big model of the BARON GAUTSCH found its perfect place: in the GALLERION exhibition in the Aquarium Pula / Croatia. They have an extensive exhibition of ship models from the First World War and before. The BARON GAUTSCH hit a mine off Pula in 1914 and is now a famous diving spot with 8,000 divers per year. Here a report from Istra24
I gave a presentation there about the BARON GAUTSCH and photogrammetry
Yay, I’m nominated for the BOOT – dive award ! … please vote for me –> very easily and quickly –> without registering: link
Category: Innovation 👉Dive3D👈
Quote: “[…] While underwater photos are widely used today, the ability to create your own 3D model of a wreck sets new standards. This work not only serves as an attractive display, but also as an inspiration for divers who want their Want to combine exploration with a deeper purpose: “Dive with a purpose”. “
Four weeks wreck scanning in Greece – what a fantastic trip! We managed it to scan 16 various wrecks. Some well known and some mysterious. It will take a while to process all the 3D-Models and I will post them here: Greece
Kostafastgarnix – team
We were a great team and we had really a lot of fun doing what we all love the most: Wreckdiving.
You may know him by his pseudonym: DerWrackzeichner (the wreck artist). You can find his pencil drawings in WETNOTES, on his Website and on Facebook.
Tim was the captain and UW-Photographer of our tour. He speaks Greek and he was even asking fishermen on the sea for wreck positions. He did the main part of planning the tour and diving spots. You can find him here on Facebook.
As a doctor of chemistry, he is always looking for water samples from the wreck. He’s just as much of a wreck freak as we are. You can find him here on Facebook
Holger Buss (me)
I am a wreck fan and I love it to collect as many data from the wreck site as I can. I know I can’t digitize them all, but at least I will try… You are already on my Website and you can find me on Facebook or my articles in WETNOTES.
Also an important member of our team: Tim’s RIB. Tim and Andreas strapped the boat behind the Crafter and drove the 2700km from Bremen to Greece. She needed some love and care during the trip, but she brought us to all the great diving spots.
We want to say THANK YOU to: – Stefanos Tzoganis from www.planetblue.gr for filling the many tanks and for opening the shop either very early or quite late – Nikos Vardakas from Scubalife.gr for filling Trimix and Oxygen and bringing us to the PSS Patris. Thanks for for being so patient with us, even when we killed your nerves during filling 🙂 – George Monastiroglou from Thalassadive.com for bringing us to the Eurobulker and the German warship. – Kostas Thoctarides from rovservices.gr for providing information and positions of the wrecks
Dive-Sticker.com made a new Red Sea logbook sticker set with 288 stickers. And I am very happy, that my wreck models found their way into the collection! This set includes stickers with: fish, coral, plant, wrecks – all images were taken in the Red Sea.
You can preorder your set here and they will be shipped from September 20, 2023.
Wrecks: SS Dunraven, SS Thistlegorm, SS Kingston/Sarah H, MV Kimon M, MV Chrisoula K (Marcus), SS Carnatic, MV Giannis D, MV Salem Express
We scanned the wreck of the light cruiser Cesare Rossarol (1914-1918) of the Italian Navy. The conditions were rough – bad visibility, waves and current. But I was able to capture both parts of the wreck in two dives. They lie in 50m water depth in Croatia and are 300m apart.
Opening of the new permanent exhibition in the Rostock Maritime Museum (Schifffahrtsmuseum Rostock) . My model of the wreck of the steamer ELSA found its way there. My team Gezeitentaucher and I identified and modeled the wreck in the North Sea.
It was time again for the GEZEITENTAUCHER to inspect the coastal freighter Änne Ursula. With a crew of four divers (Ulli, Dirk H, Wilhelm and Holger) and skipper Sabine we had fantastic conditions. We managed to scan the wreck with cameras to create a 3D model. On December 4, 1967, the motor ship “Änne Ursula” was on its way from Ghent to Uddevalla with a load of sheet steel. The crew of five died in the stormy sea. The ship was built in 1950 in the Stade shipyard with hull number 144.
I went into archive in Hamburg to find out what happend to the ship and the crew.