Diver discovers possible torpedo in Southeast waters

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Navy explosives team will be inspecting what could be a World War II-era torpedo spotted by a diver near the southern tip of Annette Island over the weekend.

Diver Bill Staples of Metlakatla said he saw the object on the sea floor Sunday about a thousand feet off Point Davidson. He was diving for sea cucumbers at the time.

The cylinder is three- or four feet long, and has fins and a propeller, he said. Staples notified Coast Guard officers, who contacted the Navy.

The object could be a torpedo once used by the Army Air Corps, Navy Lt. Kimberly Marks said. The Army used to have an airfield on Annette Island.

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