Its mission: to investigate the secrets of the Gulf Stream as it drifted northward at depths of 600-2,000 feet; to learn the effects on man of a long-duration, closed-environment stressful voyage; to demonstrate the engineering-operational concepts of longterm submersible operation; and to conduct other scientific oceanographic studies.
This longest privately-sponsored undersea
experiment of its kind ended more than 30-days and
1,444 nautical miles later, when the Franklin
and its crew of six surfaced some 300 miles south
of Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7:58 A.M. August
Both craft and crew were A-OK.
As they say, the rest is history.....a history that largely remains untold.
|Length||48 feet, 9 inches|
|Beam (over motor guards)||21 feet, 6 inches|
|Operational Depth||2000 feet|
|Collapse Depth||4000 feet|
|Submerged Speed (maximum)||4 knots|
|Life Support||6 persons for 6 weeks|
|Total Power||756 Kwh|
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