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Four Subs Project

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Expedition patch for the 4 Subs Project

We’re supporting a team of researchers at the University of Rhode Island in their efforts to document four historic submarines, including one Nazi Germany U-boat, to preserve this rich history for generations to come. 

This is an exclusive opportunity to study the evolution of underwater naval warfare in a way few others understand.

Dr. Rod Mather is leading a team of researchers who are working to submit the four submarines to the National Register of Historic Places. Mission Specialists’ support directly impacted the way we will learn about an important chapter of U.S. history.

The scope of the projects includes multiple dives to the wrecks of three U.S. submarines and one Nazi Germany U-boat with Dr. Mather’s research team to see history come alive off the coast of Rhode Island. All dives have been completed using OceanGate, Inc.’s manned submersible, Cyclops 1, its launch platform, and support vessels. Cyclops 1 is a five-person manned submersible operated under a letter of approval from the U.S. Coast Guard as an Oceanographic Research Vessel.

You’re invited to join us as a Mission Specialist to support this exciting project. 

  • USS L-8The submarine worked in tandem with a four-masted limber schooner, Charles Whittmore, during the waning months of WWI to combat unrestricted submarine warfare in U.S. waters. After the war, the U.S. Navy used the L-8 in a top-secret program to develop an advanced type of torpedo detonation device and used the submarine as a test target. It was sunk in Narragansett Bay on May 26, 1926. The tests were the only two live firings of the magnetic influence exploder before WWII.
  • USS BassThe submarine cruised all over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans before the start of WII. The sub made four war patrols in the Pacific until a fire broke out at sea in August 1942; it returned home to Philadelphia Navy Yard for repairs. In December 1943, the submarine conducted several secret experiments off of Block Island and continued to operate in the area until it was used to test a new type of torpedo. It was sunk on March 12, 1945, off the coast of Rhode Island.
  • USS G-1This submarine made the deepest dive for a U.S. Navy vessel at the time and dove to a depth of 256 feet. Although it did not perform well in heavy seas, the sub was used for experimental purposes and to train new submariners at the New London Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut. The Navy used the sub as an experimental target to test eight depth charge attacks in 1921 and it sank off the coast of Rhode Island.
  • U-853This U-boat fired one of the last shots of WWII; it’s unclear if its commander ignored ceasefire orders from the Nazi regime or they never reached him. It fired on the U.S. merchant ship the Black Point off the coast of Point Judith, Rhode Island and killed 12 men on board. American forces began hunting for the U-boat and found it lurking in the area 90 minutes after the Black Point sank. The submarine now lies near the former Newport Torpedo Station which developed the underwater technology used to destroy it. Divers first visited the wreck a few hours after it sank and confirmed that the hull had been breached and the remains of many deceased German submariners were still on board.
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