The Princess of the Orient Wreck Documentation Project is a collaboration of GUE divers across Asia to provide more comprehensive documentation of the Princess of the Orient Wreck site outside of Manila Bay.
The initial project dives were conducted in April 2018 by the POTO team, during the dives the full wreck was explored externally including the stern and propellor sections of the wreck. A further trip was conducted in 2019 which included penetration of the wreck and documentation inside the wreck itself.
The key project aims are to provide documentation of the wreck site via still photographs, video documentation and a 3D photogrammetry model.
Phase 1 (2018) of the project will focus on the outside of the wreck, phase 2 (2019) focused on both the outside and the interior.
The Princess of the Orient Wreck site is located around 20km from Corregidor Island outside of Manila Bay.
The site is an advanced dive with depths of between 105 to 125m and a location with strong currents.
Underwater footage from our 2018 trip to the wreck site
Video teaser from the 2019 project trip
Over the course of two expeditions, 2018 and 2019, an all GUE team based in Asia conducted over 15 hours of bottom time between 110m and 130m on the Princess of the Orient Wreck. This 5 part feature will cover details of how the wreck came to be, how the team was assembled, the planning behind the trip and of course what was found and what questions still remain.