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So where are the other 2 sunken carriers?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by DougK, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. DougK

    DougK Nassau Grouper

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    In the post below about Greenpeace not being happy with the Oriskiny (SP?) there is the following statement:

    "We never really made it on the map as far as being a dive destination," Phillips said. But he predicted that would change, as one of only three sunken aircraft carriers in the world now sits on the ocean floor only an hour’s boat ride from shore. "Now that the Oriskany's here, that will put us probably close to the top."

    So where are the other two aircraft carriers? Any what difficulties are there in diving these other ships?
     
  2. Boiler_81

    Boiler_81 Solo Diver

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    Bikini Atoll is the location of the Saratoga. It is the only other divable aircraft carrier that I am aware of.
     
  3. H20Bubbles

    H20Bubbles Divemaster Candidate

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    Per Wikiepedia, the following US Aircraft Carriers have been sunk.

    * USS Langley

    * USS Hornet: American aircraft carrier sunk on 27 October 1942 by aircraft during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

    * USS Lexington: American aircraft carrier sunk on 8 May 1942 by carrier aircraft during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

    * USS Princeton: American aircraft carrier sunk on 24 October 1944 by carrier based aircraft durnig the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

    * USS Wasp: American aircraft carrier sunk on 15 September 1942 by Japanese submarine I-19 while escorting transports to Guadalcanal.

    * USS Yorktown: American aircraft carrier sunk on 7 June 1942 by carrier-based aircraft during the Battle of Midway.

    * USS Independence: The highly radioactive hulk was later taken to Pearl Harbor and San Francisco for further tests and was finally sunk in weapons tests off the coast of California 29 January 1951.

    * USS Constellation: Rumors have circulated that the Constellation will soon become a fishing reef 10 miles offshore of Esteyville, CA.

    * USS America: America was sunk in a controlled scuttling on 14 May 2005 at approximately 1130, although the sinking was not publicized until six days later. The ship rests about 6000 ft. below the Atlantic Ocean surface, roughly 60 miles off the North Carolina coast.

    * USS Oriskany: Oriskany was scuttled in 210 feet (65 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico on 17 May 2006.

    * USS Saratoga: Salvage efforts were prevented by radioactivity, and seven and one-half hours after the blast, with her funnel collapsed across her deck, Saratoga slipped beneath the surface of the lagoon at Bikini Atoll.

    Updated with a look at all the carriers...
     
  4. H20Bubbles

    H20Bubbles Divemaster Candidate

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    In recent years, the submerged wreck (the Saratoga), the top of which is only 40 ft below the surface, has become a scuba diving destination, one of only two (the other being USS Oriskany) carrier wrecks accessible to recreational divers.
     
  5. lamont

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  6. mike_s

    mike_s Solo Diver

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    All the above aircraft carriers were sunk intenionally, by the Japanese.

    The USS Saratoga (CV-3) was sunk intentionally by the US in Bikini Atoll by the "Baker" blast after WWII.

    Note: To avoid peoples confusion, many of the above Navy ship names have had mutiple ships by the same name. For example there have been 7 or 8 different USS Hornets. The latest one (CV-12) is a museum that you can tour in Alameda CA. There were also several Saratogas and several Wasps, etc.
     
  7. ScottB

    ScottB Solo Diver

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    No idea if any of these are diveable..

    Derived from http://members.tripod.com/~ffhiker/index-7.html

    USS LANGLEY (CV-1) - Sunk February 22, 1942
    She was sunk 75 miles off of Tjilapjap, Java. Three waves of Japanese aircraft attacked her. She was struck by 5 bomb hits, and took a 10 degree list. She was abandoned due to her desparate situation and she was sunk by U.S. destroyers that sent her to the bottom with guns and torpedoes.

    USS LISCOMB BAY (CVE-56) - Sunk November 24, 1943. Torpedoed off of the Gilbert Islands. At 5 A.M. two torpedoes struck almost simultaneously. At least one hit in or near the bomb stowage compartment and this meant that every bomb there exploded simultaneously.

    USS BLOCK ISLAND (CVE-21) - Sunk May 29, 1944. Torpedoed off of the Canary Islands by a German Submarine.

    USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE-73) - Sunk October 25, 1944. Sunk by naval gunfire off of the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

    USS ST LO (CVE-63) - Sunk October 25, 1944. Bombed during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off of Samar Island, Philippines.

    USS OMMANEY BAY (CVE-79) - Sunk January 4, 1945. Sunk by a Kamikaze off of Mindoro, Philippines.

    USS BISMARK SEA (CVE-95) - Sunk February 21, 1945. Struck by two Kamikazis off of Iwo Jima. The planes set off uncontrollable fires and exploding ammunition. Due to the great explosions the ship was abandoned and sank beneath the waves in 90 minutes with the loss of 318 men.



    Derived from search of ibiblio.com for sunk: carrier
    Definately not all inclusive

    May 7th, 1942
    Japanese naval vessel sunk:
    Carrier SHOHO, by carrier-based aircraft, Battle of the
    Coral Sea,
    10 d. 29' S., 152 d. 55' E.

    June 4th, 1942
    Japanese naval vessels sunk:
    Carrier KAGA, by carrier-based aircraft,
    Battle of Midway,
    30 d. 23' N., 177 d. 01' W.
    Carrier SORYU, by carrier-based aircraft and submarine
    NAUTILUS (SS-168), Battle of Midway,
    30 d. 42' N., 179 d. 37' W.

    June 19, 1944
    Japanese naval vessels sunk:
    Carrier SHOKAKU, by submarine CAVALLA (SS-244),
    Battle of the Philippine Sea,
    11 d. 50' N., 137 d. 57' E.
    Carrier TAIHO, by submarine ALBACORE (SS-218),
    Battle of the Philippine Sea,
    12 d. 22' N., 137 d. 04' E.

    June 20, 1944
    Japanese naval vessel sunk:
    Carrier HIYO, by carrier-based aircraft, Battle of
    the Philippine Sea.
    No coordinates

    August 18,1944
    Japanese naval vessel sunk:
    Escort carrier ORAKA, by submarine RASHER (SS-269), off
    northwestern Luzon, P. I.,
    18 d. 16'N., 120 d. 20'E.

    Ok,.. I'm tired of looking these up... have a great afternoon

    -Scott
     
  8. ScottB

    ScottB Solo Diver

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  9. diverdan214

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    I doubt this is one of the two they're refering to but:

    http://www.divebunker.co.uk/dive_site_pages/hms_campania.htm
     
  10. mike_s

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    If you want some cool navy ships to dive on, head to "Scapa Flow" Scotland and you can dive the WWI German fleet. This was where it was taken after the surrender of Germany after WWI. In order to keep the fleet out of the British/allied hands, the Germans scuttled the ships after they got there all in one day. Many are diveable, if you like cold water.
     

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