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    Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    On Sunday, 6th February, Andrew Ainslie, Mike Wynd and Danny Graham went to San Clemente in Danny Howard's boat. Alan Crane acted as safety diver. We dove on a target in 300 feet off Lost Point. We were hoping to find a destroyer, but came up with something more surprising - a submarine.
    We have tentatively identified it as the USS Skate (SS-305), a balao class submarine that was used as a target twice - once at Bikini Atoll, and once off San Clemente. She sits upright in 300 feet of water. The superstructure was largely destroyed in the atomic blast - what a surprise!

    Thanks go to Tyler Stalter, Ross Overstreet and Dean Morrow whose relentless work uncovering wrecks and work with us to identify this wreck have been incredible. Dean has been working for years to uncover data on these wrecks. Countless others ahve been encouraging and helpful - there is a fantastic community in Socal that is really developing some interesting sites. Nick Ambrose also deserves a shout-out for help and encouragement.

    In a weird way, we also owe some gratitude to UB88.org for pissing us off so much that we started working harder to uncover these wrecks. Thanks, Ray!

    Some very bad footage: www.asainslie.com/videos/newsub.wmv . We were working with very tight deadlines (the area closed halfway through the day for navy exercises), a poor camera and only half my usual lighting. Apologies for the lousy footage.
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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    andrew

    way cool write up & pictures here!!
    congrats to all who found this sub and the history research behind the story.

    jdj

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Andrew - being a submariner, I am not sure how I would feel diving one on the bottom.

    Very nice accomplishment. Congratulations!

    Bob Cree

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Many. Congrats great dive and find!

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Nice. Sorry I missed it.

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Nice work guys.

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    NICE!
    You mentioned an "atomic blast" ..... is the site still radioactive?

    Alberto (aka eDiver)

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Good job

    It is always nice to get some extra steam because of some jerk causing crap. Lol.

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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Thanks all

    Quote Originally Posted by breals  View Original Post
    Nice. Sorry I missed it.
    All about priorities - seriously, superbowl and a housefull of irritating guests vs a new wreck? :)

    Quote Originally Posted by DiveNav  View Original Post
    NICE!
    You mentioned an "atomic blast" ..... is the site still radioactive?

    Alberto (aka eDiver)
    Doubt it - Bikini was a while ago and they're diving at the original site now - have been for a while.
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    Re: Submarine found off San Clemente Island

    Big Congrats again Andrew, Mike, Danny(s) and Bob !!!!!!!

    The dive community out here now has another epic wreck to dive because of the on going effort of those Andrew mentioned earlier .. Great job to all !!!!

    And not to worry Bill, as you could have been with us at Missile tower on Sunday in 2 knot current + wind chop and swell + Dense fog + 3 foot viz
    ........

    John

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