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Minesweeper "adopted" by IHC

As part of the research work by Paulo Costa, PhD student at NOVA FCSH, and the "Adopt a Wreck" program, the Roberto Ivens minesweeper was adopted by the Institute of Contemporary History.

The remains of the Roberto Ivens minesweeper were included in the wreck list of the "Adopt a Wreck" program of the British organization Nautical Archeology Society, with the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) being the adopter. The initiative is the result of the research work by Paulo Costa, PhD student at NOVA FCSH and researcher at the IHC in the area of ​​contemporary nautical and underwater archeology.

The minesweeper vessel Roberto Ivens sank into the Tejo bar on the 26th July of 1917 as a result of the collision with an underwater mine placed by UC54, a German imperial submarine. Its location, almost a hundred years later in a position distinct from the one where the official sources indicated the loss of the ship (it was found about eight kilometers west of the Cascais coast), brought a new light on the real dimension of the underwater threat in waters Territories during World War I.

The study of the circumstances of its sinking, as well as the impact of its loss during the secret sessions of Parliament in 1917, was supported by the Instituto Hidrográfico da Marinha, and is part of the work developed by the IHC on Portuguese involvement in World War I.

The "Adopt a Wreck" program aims to involve the civil community in the inventory, protection, study and dissemination of wreckages with heritage value. The Nautical Archeology Society encourages the "adoption" of wreckage by associations, clubs, state and academic institutions, or even individuals who take on the role of developing research and monitoring the debris conservation.

2017-07-28 15:02
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