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  Lusitania THE LUSITANIA

The ocean liner, RMS Lusitania, sank in 1915 after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. In 1993, explorer Robert Ballard dived in the Delta submersible to film The Last Voyage of the Lusitania for National Geographic. Read more...
 
 
  Dead Sea DEAD SEA, ISRAEL

Delta was the first submersible to dive in the salty Dead Sea. In 1999, scholar Mike Sanders and Delta searched for the biblical "cities of sin" for the NBC Television special, Biblical Mysteries: Sodom and Gomorrah. Read more...
 
 
  Gold Coin THE BROTHER JONATHON

The 1865 wreck of the Brother Jonathon is one of the worst maritime disasters in California history. In 1993, Deep Sea Research and Delta discovered the Brother Jonathon and $5 million in gold coins. Read more...
 
 
  Xmas Coral NEW CORAL SPECIES

In 2002, Milton Love of UC Santa Barbara and Mary Yoklavich of NOAA discovered a new species of coral in the Delta submersible. It was named Antipathes dendrochristos or the Christmas Tree Coral. Read more...
 
 
  Montebello THE MONTEBELLO

Two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese sub sank the oil tanker Montebello off the coast of California. In 1996, Delta helped NOAA's West Coast NURC locate the wreck with its 3 million gallon cargo still inside. Read more...
 
 
  AK State Troopers ALASKA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Alaska State Troopers utilized the Delta submersible in their 1996 investigation into the disappearance of a Sitka mother and teenage daughter. Delta helped retrieve evidence that led to criminal indictments. Read more...
 
 
 
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