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DSV Aluminaut, circa 1966.

Aluminum Keeps Alvin from Being Foiled

The deep submergence vehicle (DSV) Aluminaut, shown here in 1966, was owned by the Reynolds Metals Co. (later Reynolds Aluminum) but it played a critical role in WHOI history. In October 1968, the submersible Alvin accidentally sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean when support cables snapped. A year later, the Aluminaut was used to help retrieve Alvin from beneath 5,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution archives)


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