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Aerial view of USS Independence (CVL 22) underway July 15, 1943 in San Francisco Bay, California. Credit: U.S. Navy, National Archives, 80-74436


The WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence is “amazingly intact”, after more than 60 years on the seafloor off the coast of California’s Farallon Islands. [NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries press release]

The shipwreck is in the northern region of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries


3D-sonar images show the vessel resting upright on the seafloor and what looks like a plane through the open forward aircraft elevator hatch.

The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The image shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus


NOAA: “After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” said James Delgado, chief scientist on the Independence mission and maritime heritage director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “This ship fought a long, hard war in the Pacific and after the war was subjected to two atomic blasts that ripped through the ship. It is a reminder of the industrial might and skill of the “greatest generation’ that sent not only this ship, but their loved ones to war.”



NOAA’s interest in Independence is part of a mandated and ongoing two-year mission to locate, map and study historic shipwrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and nearby waters. The carrier is one of an estimated 300 wrecks in the waters off San Francisco, and the deepest known shipwreck in the sanctuary.

Read more from NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Photo by Prayitno Creative Commons licence 2.0 via Flickr


Capt. Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum’s interim president since 2013, has been named the museum’s new executive director, posts Metropolis, Wall Street Journal’s blog.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware. Photo via South Street Seaport Museum


Capt. Boulware took on the daunting role of interim president in 2013 when the Museum of the City of New York’s custodialship of the struggling museum ended, after Hurricane Sandy flooded Schermerhorn Row along with much of Lower Manhattan.

South Street Seaport, Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1897-1924 via wikipedia


The announcement is expected Saturday April 25, 2015, to coincide with the South Street Seaport Museum’s “Opening Day” (11am-6pm) with a scavenger hunt, live performances and ship tours hosted by dozens of dedicated staff and volunteers.

Photo montage via South Street Seaport Museum


The Working Harbor Committee family would like to express our congratulations to Capt. Boulware on his appointment. Under his leadership, we look forward to the South Street Seaport Museum and their mainstay fleet of historic ships, educating and delighting many generations to come.

Read the Metropolis Wall Street Journal blog post here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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