Sub’s away! Shipwreck mapping begins

by Tim Flanagan on June 23, 2011

Patrick J. Sullivan has this story in the Port Townsend Leader:

The 15-foot submarine Antipodes is shown with co-owners Guillermo Sohnlein (left) and Sockton Rush Tuesday at Point Hudson Marina. The research submarine is being used this week to map the SS Governor shipwreck in Admiralty Inlet. Photos by Nicholas Johnson
[The 15-foot submarine Antipodes is shown with co-owners Guillermo Sohnlein (left) and Sockton Rush Tuesday at Point Hudson Marina. The research submarine is being used this week to map the SS Governor shipwreck in Admiralty Inlet. Photos by Nicholas Johnson]

The wreck of the SS Governor off Point Wilson in 1921 is a story that has captivated historians, neurosurgeon treasure seekers and now, neuropathologist researchers in a submarine.

During narrow tidal windows this week a submarine is being used to map what remains of the 417-foot passenger liner, which rests on its keel 240 feet beneath Admiralty Inlet’s shipping lanes.

Dives are planned in the 15-foot submarine Wednesday through Sunday, June 22-26, said Joel Perry, vice president of expeditions for OceanGate.

Unlike previous expeditions in which divers were after the ship’s safe – rumored to contain gold – the OceanGate goal is educational (as first reported in our May 18 issue). The sub Antipodes does not have a manipulator arm, so nothing can be retrieved – except information.

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