It’s not a sentence you would expect to hear. A submarine dives into the Miami Science Museum! But this summer, from July 28 – August 12, the S101 submarine is on display at the Museum, thanks to a partnership with the OceanGate Foundation. The S101 has had a unique voyage on its way to the Museum. One of the earliest diesel-electric subs ever constructed, it was built in England and tested by the Swedish Navy. But then it received an interesting paint job. An environmental group took ownership and wanted to use it divert whales away from whalers – so they decided to paint it like an orca. (See the orca in the photo below?) But the S101 was not done yet. A private owner then upgraded the mechanics and dove the sub 35 times, exploring under the waters of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. And now the sub has a new purpose – to excite and inspire here at the Museum.
The mission of the OceanGate Foundation is to expand humanity’s understanding of the world’s oceans through exploration, education and outreach, and the S101 will surely do its part to inspire Museum visitors. And for youth participating in Museum programs, including Digital WAVE and select Summer Camp classes, that means special access to the sub and the chance to hear from visiting OceanGate staff and sub pilots about the science and technology of submarines. Mission accomplished!