Good afternoon this is Silver Spring
Exploration Command Center calling in, for the dive on USS Bugara. We are joined
today by Ed Ettner who was the commanding officer of Bugera, 1957 and 1958.
It’s very interesting to see the hull in a different perspective. There’s a certain attachment to it, when you see something like this. You realize it’s
resting peacefully on the bottom There’s a lot of of memories inside that boat What you’re looking at is the exhaust, and now we’re at the top of the snorkel. Ed Ettner
was telling us that he had to write one of the first manuals for how to use
these and installing them in our fleet boats He said he wrote that in ’47
But down below this band of superstructure is the actual pressure
hull of the submarine. On top of that that superstructure was once covered
not only by the steel that you see here but also by a teak deck. That teak deck
is now gone. I believe it’s been consumed by marine organism. What we’re seeing
right now is, you see a little bit of curved track it’s coming up off to the
left hand side of the image. That’s safety track, or safety rail, and the guys could
actually cable into that, so when they were operating on the boat deck in
heavy seas they wouldn’t be washed off One of other notable achievements is that
she came across a Chinese junk It was forced to operate for the Japanese and
it was being attacked by pirates and two of the Chinese crew had already been killed
and Bugara came in there and rescued the Chinese crew and destroyed the pirates.
And then sank the boat because it was operating for the Japanese.
And I think that was the case in most of the attacks on junks, they were able to able
to take the crew off, and some of their supplies and some of their personal
effects, and sink the junk and put the crew ashore
So as we approach the stern of Bugara you can see the aft torpedo tubes. These
boats had the capacity to fire both from the bow and the stern. You can see the
dive planes coming into view with Bugara’s rudder, and also down to the
bottom you can see the propellers coming into view as well now
The propellers are actually around eight feet in length each propeller, so the diameter is around 16 feet.
Josh this is really good I’m getting a nice view now of the stern
chock right here at the very tail end of the superstructure so there’s a nice
view of a very large lingcod there absolutely and as that lingcod moves
along he perfectly outlines the aft hatch The fish that you see
there are mostly red banded rockfish and there’s some lingcod. That’s the gray one.
And then all of those beautiful white plumed anemones, those are Metridiums The visit to Bugara has answered a few questions for
us. We don’t see any evidence of a sudden event that sank her, but rather it looks like
progressive slow flooding where that came from, hard to say, but it looks like
she just slowly filled and at the final point and they realized she was going
they had because the lines and she came down and you can see pretty much level on
to the bottom. But we’re certainly seeing here as well is some sinking damage,
implosion. She got to a certain depth, some of the main air lines. You can
see not only have collapsed the actual manifold piping itself, but deformed some
of the deck stringers and a little bit of the super structure around it. A couple of
possibilities are that water came in through the snorkel if there was any
kind of wave action if the top of the snorkel didn’t seal.
Another possibility would be maybe some failure, if something was kept open
that slowly began to progressively flood her It could be that the stern glands, at the
propellers, may have introduced a leak Ed’s sense was that it probably came from
around the sail. We have achieved every goal we had looked for.
A couple minor things but we we are content and we are ready to bless and release you for
recovery of vehicle