Woods Hole’s Deepsea Challenger Scorched in Connecticut Truck Fire

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: Sean D. Elliot/AP.

While on her way south to Baltimore where she was to be shipped to Australia (on loan), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) submarine, Deepsea Challenger, was damaged after the truck toting her down Interstate 95 caught fire.

Fortunately, the blaze doesn’t appear to have claimed the entire sub, which happens to be the deepest-diving machine on this big blue marble.


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Photo: Mark Thiessen/AP.

Deepsea Challenger originally belonged to James Cameron, who in 2012 famously piloted her nearly 35,800 feet down to Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench off Guam, the lowest point on earth. Cameron later donated her to WHOI.

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Photo: Connecticut State Police.

An investigation is under way regarding the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.

Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle. -OJB

Watch the trailer for National Geographic’s documentary, “Deepsea Challenge 3D” (and order here), about Cameron’s historic, record-breaking solo-dive, 6.8 miles beneath the surface of the Pacific:

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