In 1916, Charles H. Sternberg collected dinosaur fossils in the badlands of Alberta, Canada. At the end of the field season the specimens were shipped to the British Museum of Natural History in London, England. The Canadian Pacific Railway steamship Mount Temple, carrying the specimens sank on December 6, in the North Atlantic. This site is dedicated to research, exploration and possible recovery of the Dinosaurs in the Deep.
In the summer of 1916, American fossil collectors Charles H. Sternberg and son Levi worked under contract to the British Museum of Natural History, London, England. In the badlands of Alberta, Canada in what is now Dinosaur Provincial Park, they collected numerous dinosaur and other
that were to be shipped to London. Charles Sternberg envisioned public dinosaur exhibits there of a caliber rivaling those in New York and Ottawa. SS Milwaukee successfully transported the first shipment, but the second lot, consisting of 22 wooden crates, was aboard the Canadian Pacific Railway steamship
Merchant ships in wartime are vulnerable targets. On December 6, 1916, Mount Temple was attacked by the German surface raider SMS Moewe.
In the skirmish four men on the Canadian ship were killed and several others wounded. Scuttled by German demolition charges placed near the waterline, the holed Mount Temple sank in waters about 14,440 feet (4,375 meters) deep. This wartime sinking occurred 455 miles N.W. of the western Azores. The ship was to have stopped in Brest, France, then England where the fossils were to be off-loaded.
The great depth of Mount Temple is not beyond the reach of current deepwater technologies. There have been some suggestions of trying to relocate Mount Temple and salvage some of the fossils if present; it is simply a matter of generating interest and research. This web site, lectures and a book on the sinking of Mount Temple and related histories are currently active and ongoing projects.
In-depth research on these rarely reported events is still ongoing. Data presented herein is considered generally accurate, but subject to change in light of new findings.
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Moewe survived the war and in 1920 passed to the British firm of Elders and Fyffes. She was renamed Greenbrier and sailed as a fruit transport ship. In 1933 she was sold to the German firm Midgard Deutsche Seeverkehrs and renamed Oldenburg.
Oldenburg was requisitioned at the start of World War II and served the German Navy as a transport ship. She was sunk on April 7, 1945 by Allied aircraft while moored at Vadheim, Norway.
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