Norman Read of Crescent City, California, is writing about Pearl Harbor and asks about the Japanese two-man submarines that were launched in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. In the 1960s, more than 20 years after the attack, one of the midget subs was discovered by Navy divers who were conducting test dives near the harbor entrance. Following three days of salvage, the World War II relic was lashed to the side of a Navy vessel and transported to Waipo Point, Oahu. After months of intensive restoration, the sub was returned home for display at the Japanese Naval Academy in Etajima, Japan. Of the four other two-man subs launched on December 7, one was beached, two were sunk and one is presumed lost in action.Cameron Baker of Springfield, Ohio, wants to know if there's a Web site for the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia. According to Laura Themins, executive assistant to John Hightower, president of Mariner's Museum, there's an extensive Web site at www.mariner.org. The links include photos, exhibitions, research requests and a quick-time video. The Web page displays a gallery that includes the Titantic, the Monitor and other renowned wrecks. Shipwrecks brings up 20 titles per page from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, as well as other leads to wreck sites. Researchers may use the museum's on-line card catalog or contact one of nine staff members through e-mail for further information. There's a $10 basic research fee for special requests. Themins can be reached through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 757-591-7707.Ray Chester of Lansing, Michigan, writes: Who's the retired Ford Motor Company executive known for exploring shipwrecks throughout the Great Lakes? This is Dave Trotter who lives in the Detroit suburb of Caton. One of the most prolific wreck hunters in the Great Lakes, Trotter believes in preserving the ships he explores. His favorite search areas include lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan, where he has explored the Goliath, Detroit, City of Detroit, City of Milwaukee, Daniel J. Morrell, Minnedosa and Kamloops. Trotter's slide talk and video presentations are popular at underwater film festivals throughout the country.Brenda Cameron of Ventura, California, came across a photo of the St. Croix, a beautiful, old, single-funnel, wooden steamship that sank off California in 1909. She wants to know if it was found. I'll have to contact my main man: Pat Smith, California Wreck Divers shipwreck expert. When he wrote his book, Shipwrecks of Southern California (Menasha Press, 1989), the < I>had yet to be discovered. A victim of fire and explosions, she is believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of Dume Canyon, a deep-water drop-off southeast of Dume Point. Please write if you have further information on this wreck.Lucky Jordan of Titusville, Florida, is curious to know what happened to the treasure from a Spanish galleon discovered by a Jupiter, Florida, lifeguard in 1987. Paul Jackson of Crofton, Maryland, who owns and operates In-Depth Contractors, has helped lifeguard Peter Leo and his friend Earl Young in their ongoing salvage efforts on what is believed to be the San Miguel el Arcangel. Jackson found 50 coins, mostly four and eight denomination silver reales dated 1654 to 1658. He says gold was scarce except for a few escudos and some finger bars with King Philip's stamp on them. Daggers, pistols, musket balls, cannons and other artifacts have also been salvaged. A settlement has been made with Florida officials for everything found on the wreck, which is scattered on the bottom in only 15 feet of water.Glen Powell of Butler, Pennsylvania, sends this question: Has anyone discovered the whereabouts of the English sloop Ontario that sank in 1783? According to A Guide to Sunken Ships in American Waters by H.R. Kaplan and Adrian Lonsdale (Compass Publications, Arlington, Virginia), the sloop vanished in Lake Ontario, 3 miles off Oswego, New York, on Nov. 23, 1783. Approximately 190 passengers and crew were lost, along with a cargo of gold and silver valued at $500,000. There have been no successful salvage reports throughout years despite diligent search.Ronald Tar of Isla Boca del Toro, Panama, writes: As the story goes, during World War II, an American plane swooped out of the sky and bombed a German submarine off Isla Boca del Toro. There was no mention of oil slicks on the beach, but for weeks locals said they saw a 'huge fish' and were afraid to go out in their boats. Rumors persist that a German man became rich selling diesel fuel to German subs on the Sixola River. Please help me sleuth this piece of history. There was a U.S. Navy base at Bahia Azul during WWII, and rumors prevail that a U.S. submarine was accidentally sunk in that area by friendly fire. I searched through a book, U.S. Submarine Attacks During WWII by John Alden (Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD) but couldn't find a clue on this sinking. I'm sending you the address of U-boat expert Harry Cooper of Hernando, Florida, who might be able to shed more light on this matter. Send your wreck questions to Ellsworth Boyd, 1120 Bernoudy Road, White Hall, MD 21161. Be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a personal reply. Ellsworth can also be e-mailed at email@example.com.
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