Submarine exploring sunken ship near Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — A private submarine is diving this week near Port Townsend to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921 in Puget Sound.

The 90-year-old wreck of the SS Governor rests in 240 feet of water.

The Peninsula Daily News reports people on board the 15-foot submarine from OceanGate of Everett will take photos to develop three-dimensional images of the hulk.

The expedition will test equipment that OceanGate will use to examine an oil tanker, the Montebello, that was sunk by the Japanese during World War II off the coast of California near Morro Bay. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants OceanGate to help determine if 70,000 barrels of oil can be removed from the tanker.

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