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Art – Scanning sculptures

Scanning without getting wet? Sounds crazy, but is possible!
You can find my collection here: Art

BOOT 2023 Düsseldorf

We were on the BOOT show in Düsseldorf / Germany. Some of my models were shown and I held some presentations about wreck identification and photogrammetry.

Deepest mailbox of the world

19m (63ft) unter sea level – probably the deepest mailbox in the world. The diving center Kreidesee offers to send postcards, which can be sent from this mailbox. For this purpose, waterproof postcards can be purchased in the diving center. The mailbox is emptied weekly and the cards are stamped and sent.

Build your own ‘Rüttler’ model

Download the STL-Files for printing here: Ruettler – 19,95 EUR

Thistlegorm V2

I used the opportunity in Egypt to capture the missing areas of the Thistlegorm wreck. The starboard locomotive was missing as well as the bow area and the sandy bottom. We spent one whole day at that wreck and I made three dives there to scan these areas.

Visit my page of the Thistlegorm here

Download the files for Printing: Shop

Comparison old vs. new


The Starboard and portside locomotives look almost the same.

Crowded place

The Thistlegorm is a famous diving spot. Many ships with many divers were there. Not the best conditions to scan a wreck.

Thistlegorm cargo

I captured one cargo hold of the Thistlegorm. It contains trucks, motorcycles, guns, airplane wings, etc… She is full of equipment for the war during WW2.

You can find the complete ship here: Thistlegorm

3D at Sketchfab


You can download the STL-File here


The ship was built 1871 in Sunderland. It had sails and a steam machine. A spare propeller lies on the deck. 78m x 10m Cargo: Coal
Hit the reef Shag Rock in the red sea in 1881.
I scanned the wreck on Nov 15th 2022 during one dive.

TV report on NDR

The German TV station NDR made a small report about my work. It was sent Nov. 7th 2022.

You can see the video here: Mediathek

TV Shootings NDR

The German TV station NDR filmed my work. We shot in my workshop and in the museum WINDSTÄRKE 10 (Cuxhaven). The museum has recently exhibited one of my models – the Escort vessel V812.

During the takes, I scanned the conning tower of Submarine HMS E24, that is exhibited in the ‘wreck section’ of the museum.

Tower of submarine E24

During the takes, I scanned the conning tower of Submarine HMS E24, that is exhibited in the ‘wreck section’ of the museum.

Exhibition Museum Cuxhaven

The museum WINDSTÄRKE 10 (Cuxhaven) added one of my models to the exhibition: Escort vessel V812. This wreck was identified by me and my team Gezeitentaucher in 2019. You can find more ‘making of’ here.

Making of

Making Of

Exhibition in Lithuanian Museum

I am proud to tell that we can exhibit models, pictures, paintings and stories about two wrecks in the maritime museum of Klaipėda / Lithuania. We from the BalticSeaHeritageRescueProject worked on the creation of the exhibits for about three years. About 500.000 visitors will see this exhibition during the next 12 month. In fact, these two wrecks were the largest models I’ve built to date.
You can find the exhibition at the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipeda: – The models are located at the end of the Aquarium tour.

Edith Bosselmann

This steamer sank in the second World War. All lives were lost. Our team of the BalticSeaHeritageRescueProject found and identified the wreck.

My model at the exhibition

Elbing IX

This steamship sank in the first World War. Her sacrifice saved 1000 lives. More here: ELBING IX

My model at the exhibition


They made a great animation of the Elbing IX to tell her story and bring her back to life. It was unbelievable when I saw that! There were even video goggles to stand on the bridge while the ship hits the mine.


Herbert Buss from Germany (Moormerland) made these fantastic paintings for the exhibition. It is oil on canvas (50 x 70cm).
Visit his website here:


Conference at the museum

There was a conference about the stories of Baltic Sea at the maritime museum of Klaipeda. I spoke about “Wreck identification and photogrammetry”.

My presentation about wreck identification and photogrammetry.

You can find all presentations of the conference here and here


We “Gezeitentaucher” (tide divers) finally got our new boat. We made our first trip to the escort vessel “Vorpostenboot V810”, that sank July 1944 after air raid attack.

More here

Klaipeda 2022

We just finished the project week: “Wrecks – Identification, documentation and 3D” of the Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project BSHRP. Together with captain Linas and his diving ship NZ55, we dived seven days in the Baltic Sea. We dived and scanned some new exciting wrecks. On an international conference in September we will present some of them.

Annika, Gerrit, Holger, Linas, Andreas

You can find the results here

Vernissage Grossensee

Elmar invited to the opening of the Grossensee exhibition in the museum

They are showing my collection of these models: Grossensee

Numerous visitors visited the special exhibition “Wrecks in the Grossensee” in the village museum on Saturday. For 2.5 years, a volunteer conservationist had been carrying out underwater archaeological investigations in the Großesee for the archaeological state office in Schleswig and thus unintentionally initiated one of the few free research projects during the corona lockdowns. In a team with experienced representatives of the North German wreck diving scene, a total of five boat wrecks were tracked down in the Großesee. Two almost ten meter long barges are undoubtedly relics of a fishing operation that dates back to the 13th century. These two barges are believed to have been sunk when operations were shut down in 1935. At the exhibition, the project should be presented in a tangible way. In addition to films, drawings and an image gallery, 3D prints of all wrecks, which were created after complex photogrammetry recordings, could also be seen. The hobby researchers also reported on this and other citizen science projects. One or the other find from the Grossensee could also be viewed up close. A great opportunity for young and old to experience up close the methods that are used today for research under water. Visitors could look through the viewfinder of professional underwater camera equipment, shoulder a complete set of diving equipment or even be explained on board a diving rescue boat how to go looking for wrecks with a sidescan sonar. The exhibition can be visited until October 1st, 2022

Scanning the Salem Express

In July my wife and I scanned the famous Salem Express.

1991 the ferry struck a reef in the Red Sea. The accident happened at night and the ferry sank very quickly. Only 200 people were able to save themselves. Officially, there was talk of around 700 victims, probably significantly more. The wreck has been declared an official grave. Diving is allowed, but entering the passenger cabins is prohibited.
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