First woman on a science dive aboard a submersible

Last updated: September 17, 2017 at 2:48 am

Dr. Ruth Turner (1971) descended to 1,829 m (6,000 ft) aboard the Alvin submersible to conduct research on wood-boring mollusks. The site known as Deep Station number one (DOS No. 1), was the first long term underwater research station services by manned submersibles. It was located along a line between Woods Hole and Bermuda.

“I can remember staring out of the sub’s window and casually asking Al Vine, (the Alvin submarine’s namesake and designer) ‘What day is today?‚’” says Turner. “He turned to me and answered, ‘It’s Friday the 13th and here we are taking down the first woman!’” But Turner found what she was looking for: proof of the existence of a deep-sea species of shipworms. — Harvard Community Resource, 1996

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