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USS Saratoga Diving Bikini Atoll

Friday 17 November 2006 @ 4:36 pm

 

USS Saratoga

USS Saratoga

The USS Saratoga is the largest diveable shipwreck in the world, and the only available aircraft carrier. The ship measures 880 feet long. (3 buoys: bow, stern and bridge).

 

 

Bikini Atoll is located in the centre of the Pacific and is one of the 29 atolls and 5 single islands that form the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Bikini Atoll is best known for its role in a series of nuclear tests conducted by the US in the 1940s and 1950s.
USS Saratoga was finished in 1927, an American aircraft carrier 880 feet in length, with displacement 39,000 tons. She rests in Bikini’s lagoon at a depth of 190 feet. The bridge is easily accessible at 40 feet, her deck at 90 feet, and the hanger for the Helldivers at 125 feet. These Helldivers and bombs are still on display complete with all dials and controls. Saratoga had a fuel capacity of 63,200 barrels of fuel oil, 249 barrels of diesel oil, and 132,264 gallons of gasoline. Fuel and ammunition loads during test BAKER were 10% of capacity and 67% capacity respectively. She was reported sunk by the Japanese seven times during World War II. She received seven battle stars.

Bikini Atoll

Bikini Atoll

View the BBC filmstrip: The Atomic Wrecks