Sub spots dinner plates, sink, anchor near Admiralty Inlet wreckage

Posted: 06/30/2011 in all marine news

Nicholas Johnson – 

Four days of mapping a 90-year-old shipwreck off Point Wilson yielded about a dozen hours of video footage and the same amount of 3-D scans.

Joel Perry, vice president of expeditions for OceanGate, and his team of researchers made one three-hour dive each day in the submarine Antipodes to map the SS Governor, which sank in 1921 after colliding with an outbound boat. Originally, the team planned to make two two-hour dives each day, but current conditions made multiple dives a challenge, Perry said.

“I thought this was a highly successful trip for us,” he said. “From both a training and a diving standpoint, it was a fantastic trip.”

The team left Port Townsend on Monday morning with 11 3-D scans of the wreck, 10 hours of video and several more hours of two-dimensional sonar imagery. During the next few days, the team plans to stitch those 3-D images together and review video footage at its office in Everett.

Perry said the wreckage looks more like a collapsed metal structure than anything recognizable as a ship, for the most part. He said one section of the ship on the starboard side remains intact, standing more than 20 feet off the seafloor with the ship’s outer plating riveted to its rib-like frame.

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