Over the past several years, the Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel team, and its unique technology, has been dedicated to finding and documenting historic shipwrecks with a focus on World War II.

We search for these wrecks because of their significance. But the response to each discovery from families of those lost has been humbling. When we hear stories from the survivors or families of those who served or were lost at sea, we are reminded each time why these expeditions matter.

Over the past several years, the Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel team, and its unique technology, has been dedicated to finding and documenting historic shipwrecks with a focus on World War II.

We search for these wrecks because of their significance. But the response to each discovery from families of those lost has been humbling. When we hear stories from the survivors or families of those who served or were lost at sea, we are reminded each time why these expeditions matter.

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About Petrel

The R/V Petrel is an underwater research and exploration vessel used specifically to locate historically significant shipwrecks and explore underwater ecosystems. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art subsea technology including two onboard robots– an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) and a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) – we are able to search more than three miles below the sea.

RV Petrel and its mission, is a public outreach that started over a decade ago with Paul’s vision of research, archaeology and discovery, promoting and advocating education, history, and as a tribute to those who serve and came before us. With his guidance and unwavering support, our missions continue to safeguard ocean stewardship in pursuit of these common goals.