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Monday, August 14, 2006

Search For The USS Grunion

Via NavSource, I stumbled across a great story -- the children of the last CO of USS Grunion (SS 216) are looking for the eternal patrol location of their father's ship, lost off of Kiska Island in July 1942.

For quite some time, the manner of Grunion's loss had been a mystery. Then, several years ago, a Japanese military buff uncovered and translated some documents that provided a clue to what happened during Grunion's last action. Armed with this new information, LCDR Abele's sons arranged to get the services of a vessel equipped with side-scan sonar to look for the sunken sub northeast of Kiska. They're up there right now; you can check out their progress on their blog.

I wish them all the best.

Update 1747 16 August: They're reporting today that they might have found something...
On our 1000 and 500 meter swaths on our first possible target, X nm north of McArthur Reef, we found a submarine shaped hard target about 320 feet long and 12 meters [39 ft] wide. [the Grunion was 312 ft long with beam of 27 ft] On a low altitude pass the shadow reveals a possible conning tower and periscope. Target is sitting upright on the bottom at the base of the slope in [over 2000 ft] water depth. Considering all the information we have, this is almost certainly the Grunion.
They have pictures, too.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Mohl said...

Glad to know someone beside's me looks at the site!

8/15/2006 10:22 AM

 
Blogger loddfafnir said...

thanks for bringing this up.

8/15/2006 11:39 AM

 
Blogger SonarMan said...

Great post. This kind of stuff is along the lines of returning the remains of our Viet Nam POW/MIAs. Bravo Zulu BH.

8/15/2006 2:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read the story on Boston.com and did a google search that led me to this site, Good luck everyone! Great find, hope you make out well.

8/18/2006 5:14 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an ex-submariner, this touches home. I currently work with, and have extensive knowledge of Deep sea Remote operated Vehicles. Can I help?
skicoconsulting@juno.com

10/05/2006 5:48 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the sailors on the ship is my uncle, David Nathanial Swartwood. I'm so pleased and excited that the ship has been found in my lifetime. God bless the Abdele family!

11/09/2006 2:46 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN BUILT 28 OF THESE SUBS, GATO CLASS, BUT NOT THE GRUNION. I THINK NOT MANY OF MANITOWOC SUBS GOT TO THE PACIFIC BUT SOME WERE LOST THERE. WE HAVE A SUBMARINE RIGHT HERE IN THE HARBOR. THE USS COBIA WHICH I THINK WAS FROM THE SAME YARD AS THE GRUNION. LOOK UP WISCONSIN MARITIME MUSEUM FOR MORE INFO.GOD REST THEIR SOULS

8/26/2007 7:06 AM

 
Anonymous Ken said...

1945 was on patrol in the bering sea on the pc1180 19 amph.fleet heard of the lost sub as our patrol was to clear the water of mini Jap subs for the invasion of the home land.Thanks to uncle Harry and fat boy it naver came to pass.am sure I would have seen my 79 yr.Was 16 yrs old and the bering sea wasn't a pleasue cruise on board a 186 ft.pc.am happy for your closer not knowing is much worse than knowing for sure.It is a great true to life adventure of my generation.

12/17/2007 3:32 PM

 
Anonymous Darryn Carroll said...

Joe Hunter of Remember productions has created a great DVD documentary called "The Search For The USS Grunion" and it is available at http://www.allhandslost.com

6/11/2008 12:25 PM

 

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