RECOVERER 1 is a tethered 2-3 person submersible with 2 hydraulic
manipulator arms that was built during the "Golden Age" of underwater exploration.

Designed and built by Ray Edwards, she was originally launched in 1965.
Mr. Edwards went on to distinguished career as a consultant to the
U.S. Navy's deepest diving research subs. His hatch and manipulator
design is still the standard of the day.

Designed and built mainly to do "classified" Navy salvage work
"RECOVERER-1" has successfully completed over 500 dives. Due to
its weight and stability she will excel as a photographic and TV
observation unit as well as an environmental and sea life measurement unit.

Her 10' hydraulic arms can each lift 1,000 lbs. and the claws can go
from gently picking up a porcelain cup to crushing 2 inch pipe if
necessary. Since she is hooked to the mother ship for air and electricity
work times can be kept productive and crews safe and comfortable at
her 1,000 ft. depth rating with 100% safety margin.



One of the highlights of it's career was the location and recovery of a
United Airlines 727 that crashed into Lake Michigan in 1967. The
recovery spanned 2 seasons and collected 94.6% of the airplane.
With the largest piece the size of a table this amounted to many
thousands of pieces. Also recovered were 31 bodies.


In addition, the "RECOVERER-1" is equipped with 
the SEAS 2000, a versatile diver assisted, 
tethered underwater tool specially designed for 
shallow water historic shipwreck excavation.

The machine uses the principle of a high mass flow
of water which can gently remove the overburden 
on a wreck site. Excavation speed is decided by 
the diver directly at the site to meet the 
archeological requirements.


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