Welcome aboard HMS Challenger!

1a - Fly Around Ship

Take a 3D look at HMS Challenger

1b1 - Flying through the Rigging

See the Challenger as if you were flying over it.

1b2 - View from Crow's Nest

If you were a sailor on the Challenger, you might be asked to climb the rigging into the crow's nest, and this is the view you would see.

1c1 - Dredge Platform

See where the dredging platform is positioned on the Challenger's deck.

1c2 - Sounding Platform

Examine the platform from where the Challenger crew conducted sounding (depth measurements) operations.

1d - Walk from Bow to Stern

Take a walk along the Challenger's deck from bow to stern

1e1 - Zoom to the Helm

See where Captain George Nares steered the ship from.

1e2 - View from the Helm

Stand at the wheel and see what the Captain would see with Challenger in full sail. Notice how visibility is hindered by all the rigging.

2a - Tour of the Lab

Say hello to a Challenger scientist and look around his laboratory. 

2b -Tour of a Cabin

Visit Henry Moseley's cabin, one of the most spacious rooms on the ship.  Moseley was one of the Naturalists on board.  This animation was based on a watercolor that Moseley drew of his own cabin.

2c - Tour of the Engine Room

Take a tour of the engine room.  Notice how little daylight filters in to the lower decks. This animation was based on the types of engines used in the late 1800's, as very little information on Challenger's engine was available. 

3a - Trawl Operation

See how trawling operations were conducted off the deck. Trawling in very deep waters could take as long as 8 hours for a single sampling event.


3b - Sounding Operation

See how the depth of the ocean was determined.  If you were a crew member on the Challenger voyage, you would have measured water depth using a sounding device.  It consisted of a rod and weighted sinkers that were attached to a line, which was marked in intervals.  The sinkers disengaged when the device hit bottom, at which time a sediment sample was retrieved.

Would you like to know how these animations were made? Click here.