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USS Grunion Submarine Found, Photos Taken

August 24, 2007 at 9:22 AM | by | ()

The USS Grunion submarine, sunk during World War II with 70 men on board and missing ever since, was allegedly found this week many leagues under the sea off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

The sub originally launched from Groton, CT, in 1941, and set sail from Hawaii in June 1942 to run patrol between the Aleutian Islands and Japan. In July 1942, the submarine was reassigned to Kiska Island.

After the Grunion's final transmission on July 30 1942, the ship was officially reported lost somewhere in the Pacific.

Yesterday, searcher John Abele reported:

We found a submarine tonight. ... But we have now lost it, despite documenting location. Nevertheless we have photographic documentation showing prop guard of Grunion style. It imploded dramatically and is a tangle of pipes.

The above photo is of the Grunion periscope, so photographic evidence does exist, but we still have so many questions. They found it and then they lost it? Is this the sub from Lost? How long until this stop is added to most Alaska cruise tours?

Related Stories:
· USS Grunion Blog [Official Site]
· USS Grunion Found Photos [Picasa]
· Alaska Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: Grunion]