Inspecting Steamship Ituna
The Ituna began life as a luxury steam yacht and was converted to a passenger ship and fishing trawler before it foundered in a storm in 1920. Last year, a team from NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries located its resting place in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary near San Francisco, California--at 68 m (223 ft) below the surface. We returned in August 2016 to visually survey the length of the ship and record damage from sinking. More information on the history of Ituna from our partners at NOAA.
Nautilus will return northward along the California coastline for a cruise to study the cultural heritage and natural wildlife in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS). Recently expanded to protect 3,295 square miles, GFNMS contains over 400 shipwrecks and is largely unexplored in the deepest portions. Nautilus will survey the USS Independence, a World War II-era naval ship and former aircraft carrier, once used in the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.