Last night, while the city slept, a large flatbed truck carried the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER out of the shop and down narrow and twisting streets to the Garden Island Naval Depot in Sydney Harbour.
From decades of exploring oceans, I know that in big seas, launch and recovery is the riskiest part of the dive. If the sub swings out of control it’ll destroy itself, damage the ship, and turn the pilot into pink hash.
“I expected to find pieces; I didn’t expect to find your vehicle almost operational,” said 81-year-old Don Walsh as he looked at the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the most sophisticated deep-sea submarine ever built.
Dr. Joe MacInnis is a physician-scientist, writer, and deep-sea explorer who studies leadership in high-risk environments. He’s led ten research expeditions under the ice of the Arctic Ocean, worked with marine scientists two miles under the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and spent time with astronauts who built the International Space Station.