Marine Forensics Committee


A Brief Overview of the Marine Forensics Committee and Panel

The formation of the Marine Forensics Panel began with a technical paper that William Garzke wrote in 1993 with Dana Yeager, Stewart Harris, Robert Dulin, and D. K. Brown concerning underwater submersibles for the September 1993 Annual Meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. This meeting was a centennial event for the Society and there were a number of attendees for this meeting in New York City. This paper featured a study of the development of underwater research vehicles, and featured how such vehicles were used in the explorations of the wrecks of Titanic and Bismarck to demonstrate what modern technology could accomplish with the advancements in underwater electronics and robot technology. The news media seized on the section of the paper concerned with Titanic and instantly William Garzke became a news item on 17 September 1993 in New York City. Television interviews were made with Dan Rather of CBS, Tom Brockaw of NBS, and Paula Zahn of CBS Good Morning America. The BBC scheduled a voice interview as well.

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Famous Shipwrecks Investigated by the Marine Forensics Panel 

Garzke, W.H. Jr., Brown, D.K.,  Sandiford, A.D., Woodward,J., Hsu,P.K., "The Titanic and Lusitania: A Final Forensic Analysis";  Marine Technology  October 1996    Vol. 33, No. 4 4 Pages 241-289

Garzke, W.H. Jr., Brown, D.K., Matthias, P.K., Cullimore, R., Wood, D., Livingstone, D.,  Leighly, H.P., "Titanic, The Anatomy of a Disaster: A Report from the Marine Forensic Panel (SD-7)"; Transactions January 1997 Pages 3-62

Faulkner, Douglas,  "An Independent Assessment of the Sinking of the MV Derbyshire",  SNAME Transactions , 1998, pp59-103

Garzke, W.H. Jr., Gatto, Capt. S.  "The loss of the Beth Dee Bob"  SNAME Transactions pp385 – 407

Garzke, W.H., Jr. and Simpson, Pierette, The L:oss of the Andrea Doria, New York Metropolitan Section, June 2007. (Later in Marine Technology)

Smith, K.M. Jr., Garzke, W.H. Jr., Dulin R. Jr., Bemis, F.G Jr., Filling C., "Marine Forensics- Historic Shipwrecks Determination of the Root Cause"

Dulin R.O. Jr., Garzke, W.H. Jr., Haberlein, C., Jr., Egan, R., Mindell, D., Jurens, W., "The Loss of the USS Yorktown (CV-5)-A Marine Forensic Analysis"; SNAME Transactions, 1999, pp1-45

Garzke, W.H. Jr., Dulin R.O. Jr., (Webb, T.G. Illustrator); "The Bismarck Encounter", Presented to the Chesapeake Section of SNAME,  June 5, 1991

Jons, Otto P. “Remember the MAINE” Chesapeake Section (Presentation given at U.S. Naval Academy)

Cameron, J., Dulin R.O. Jr., Garzke, W.H. Jr., .Jurens, W., Smith, K.M.Jr., "The Wreck of the DKM Bismarck, A Marine Forensic Analysis":  Presented at ASNE Day, June 2008

Garzke, William H. Jr., Woodward, J., "Titanic Ships, Titanic Disasters, An Analysis of Early White Star and Cunard Superliners"; Published by SNAME, 2002 (Book)

Edwards, George, "2009 Investigation of Ballast Tank Vents on Edmund Fitzgerald", Presented at SNAME annual Meeting 2009 T&R sessions

Sims, Philip, Moyer, J., Gatto, S., "Decay of the Andrea Doria", Presented at SNAME Annual Meeting 2009 T&R sessions

Woytowich, Richard and Mengot, Roy, The Loss of the RMS Titanic, New York Metropolitan Section, 2009.

Garzke, W.H., Jr. and Hsu, Peter, The Loss of the RMS Lusitania, New York Metropolitan Section, 1998.

Garzke, W.H., Jr., Dulin, Robert O., Jurens, William and Cameron, James. Battleship Bismarck, A Design and Operational History, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md. January 2019.

Sims, Philip. "Comparative Naval Architecture of Passenger Ships", 2003
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