Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Saturday, May 19, 2007

A submarine for the League of the New Worlds

Copyright (c) 2007 by the League of the New Worlds, Inc


In Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday morning, May 6th, 2007, Atlantica Expeditions crewmember Vicki Mudd contributed the research submarine, the Dan Scott Taylor II (DST II) to the parent corporation of the Atlantica Expeditions, the League of the New Worlds, Incorporated, a non-profit research company of Florida.

On that morning, Claudia and I met with Vicki and her husband, Kevin and signed the paperwork that formally turned over the submarine to the expeditions. After our "signing breakfast", Claudia and I immediately drove to Savannah, Georgia to look her over and photograph her fore to aft,inside and out.

This incredible acquisition clearly opens up an essential avenue to establishing our ultimate goal, which is the first permanent undersea colony off the coast of Ft. Pierce / Stuart, Florida in 2012. With the redesigned submarine, we will have direct access to the seafloor at 120-150 feet for days of vital research and development of the site before the colony structures themselves arrive.

The DST II is 44 feet in length, six foot in diameter and rated for a crew of four. The submarine was designed for a maximum running depth of 2000 feet with a top submerged speed of 22 knots. Her designed mission durations were for less than a single day. We found the need to modify her to meet the requirements of our unique mission, and yet many of her essential systems will remain intact as Dan Taylor originally designed them.

In the redesign we are not at all concerned with speed and our maximum depth will be 200 feet with an operational depth of 150. However, we require the ability to descent to the seafloor and remain on station with a four man crew for periods up to five days. We have redesigned her shape and appearance to allow us to use the DST II for a manned seafloor habitat-base during those periods. We have installed two larger midsection windows and a dive trunk underneath her manned pressure hull. We have also squared off the deck for working and staging equipment, rigged her superstructure for blue water ocean voyaging by the installation of a deep conning tower, installed lighting systems and installed landing legs to hold her off the bottom for crew access. We have fixed her unique propeller and will control her dives and direction of movement with thrusters and dive planes.

Chief Engineer Joseph M. Bishop is also designing a unique delivery platform and surface support system so that she can be transported in the open ocean safely to our departure point, saving all her energy for the seafloor operations. She will literally descend from the platform using her own propulsion against the strongest of all ocean currents, land at the established undersea base and remain until the mission is completed She will then rise from the seafloor and return to the surface platform on her own power. This is an essential capability because our chosen site is in the Gulf Stream and she will need her engine power to buck the stream and dock with the floating platform on the surface!

The DST II will be designed with an internal decompression capability so that crews can saturate to depth while underwater and then decompress on the ocean floor before returning to base.

The DST is the one of the most unique submarines of her kind, specifically designed for the specific purpose of establishing an undersea colony.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of Vicki's gift to our expeditions and what this capability will mean to our operations. I also want to emphasize the importance of naming it after its original designer, Dan Scott Taylor II. He spent much of his professional life pouring his heart, life and dreams into this project and we wanted to be certain that his work was not lost or forgotten. While our mission is different than his, it is still an affirmation of both our dreams - to discover what lies beneath and go to where few have dared to go before.

The DST II is an awesome boat, and I absolutely cannot wait to get started on her makeover for the new mission and very much look forward to the day we can all get her wet.

Dennis Chamberland

Atlantica Expeditions Leader


Dennis has been working hard on his new book, Undersea Colonies, which is why we haven't heard from him in a while, but he still managed to find time to collect a submarine. Incredible! The timing of the submarine post by me yesterday was pure coincidence too.

The Undersea Colonies website will have more information once its completed.

Ralph Buttigieg