Sunday, September 11, 2005

Alligator II

I just returned home early from the Hunt for the Alligator II expedition based out of Ocracoke, N.C. The approach of Hurricane Ophelia cut this year's survey short. As I wrote in last year's post, the Alligator is the U.S. Navy's first submarine that was lost during a fierce storm off of Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 1863 while being towed to participate in the battle of Charleston harbor.

I'm involved because the Office of Naval Research has teamed with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several other partners to search for the Civil War-era vessel. This year I spent only one day at sea and that was aboard a 40' fishing boat where we deployed REMUS, an autonomous underwater vehicle, that uses side scan sonar. The seas where 5-7' and we got beat up pretty bad, but completed the mission and I made a few photos.

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