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Wed June 22, 2011

Submarine exploring sunken ship near Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – A private submarine is diving this week near Port Townsend to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921 in Puget Sound.

The 90-year-old wreck of the SS Governor rests in 240 feet of water. A 15-foot submarine from OceanGate of Everett will be used to take photos to develop three-dimensional images of the hulk. A spokesperson said the company did complete the dive but that it would be several days before they would be able to complete processing the sonar, video and photos.

The expedition will test equipment OceanGate will use to examine an oil tanker, the Montebello, that was sunk by the Japanese during World War II off the coast of California near Morro Bay. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants OceanGate to help determine if 70,000 barrels of oil can be removed from the tanker.

Previous expeditions by OceanGate:

OceanGate helped discover the location of a wreck believed to be the final resting place of Puget Sound's worst maritime disaster.

This video explores a sunken barge in Shilshole Bay, Seattle, Washington USA. The barge is sitting on its port side in 90 feet (27 meters) of water and rises 40 feet (12 meters) above the bottom. The marine life seen in this video include tubesnout fish, plumose anemones, cabezon, rockfish, perch, and various sea stars.