As Scorpion broke apart, she was already flooded before implosion, so much larger sections were found.
Casey, Wrong, wrong, wrong!
. Stop paying attention to the Craven BS stories! I hate Conspiracy Theories as well, and the only way to fight them is to present facts. In the case of Scorpion
, there are indeed a lot of facts. Some of these are conveniently ignored in most instances to make favorite theories fit.
It was known in the 1960's that Scorpion
flooded and imploded at about 1500 feet. Because of the initial differences of the Thresher
wrecks, it was initially believed the situation observed at Scorpion
was not due to implosion. At the Court of Inquiry, Peter Palermo who was Director of the Submarine Structures Section of the Naval Ship Engineering Center stated that from his analysis, implosion was “the primary cause of failure” and Scorpion
had imploded once it reached crush depth. The failure mode, different from Thresher, was due to Scorpion’s
stern cone cylinder junction at frame 67. Physicist Robert Price demonstrated that this point was the weakest in the hull, and pressure induced failure led to the driving forward of the stern engine room into the auxiliary machinery space, accompanied by a supersonic wall of water. This water hammer implosively shattered the operations compartment and blew the bow off at frame 46. The implosion, as well as other acoustic events, were caught on the hydrophone string at La Palma in the Canary Islands. The acoustic traces along with a great deal of other information will be published in the September 2012 SubCommittee Report.
Because of their depth, possible nuclear contamination and condition the wreck sites, we will never be able to examine them closely enough.
The wreck of Scorpion
has been investigated close up on multiple occasions. I have a mid 1980's video tape of Alvin
parked on the bottom resting on top of the Scorpion's
sail, taken from a revised and improved version of Jason Jr. This small ROV was subsequently "flown" into the bow section of the Scorpion
to investigate what was thought to be a potential hatch opening into the torpedo room (it wasn't). Very close inspection of both wrecks has been made, and the area monitored for radioactivity (from the nuclear torpedo and the S5W reactor. Nothing so far. The point is that a lot of evidence exists and in the case of Scorpion
, it is very clear that a main battery explosion of one or more of the Gould TLX-53-A (due probably to an older method of securing ventilation during battery charge) occurred, almost certainly killing the crew due to the overpressure contained within the hull
, and the Scorpion
slowly drifted down over the next 22 minutes to 1500+ feet and then imploded. Much evidence will be presented (including the above mentioned acoustic traces from LaPalma and the condition of TLX-53-A fragments recovered by Trieste II
) in the September SCR.
Did I mention you should read the upcoming September SCR? (Jeff paid me to put in that last line).