September 22, 2020

The Discovery

On the fifth day of our expedition, light winds from the southeast were expected to persist for a 36-hour window, providing the window we were looking for to reposition the Norseman II to conduct the search for the missing section of the USS Abner Read. Detailed logbooks from the ship documented the 6.5-kilometer submarine patrol lane they were instructed to follow and their use of an experimental navigation radar for measuring distances from geographic points of interest on the Island. The logbooks also indicated the location that they were put into tow, providing valuable clues for bounding the search box for where the encounter with the mine and the loss of the stern occurred.

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