Thunderbolt ( USS Randolph / ACM 15 )

Die USS Randolph wurde 1942 als Minenleger für die Army´s Coast Artillery Corps zum Verlegen von Minen vor der Westküste der USA eingesetzt. Später folgten zivile Einsätze bei der Suche nach Ölfeldern und letztendlich diente sie als stationärer „Blitzableiter“ bei der Erforschung und künstlichen Herbeiführung von Blitzeinschlägen, woher sich dann auch ihr Name ableitet

Heute liegt sie in 40 m Wassertiefe vor der Küste von Marathon, Florida.

The USS Randolph and 15 identical sister ships were supposed to lay minefields off the US Westcoast in 1942. Later she became famous for the research of lightnings, this resulting in her final name: Thunderbolt.

Today she rests in 120ft of water off Marathon, Florida

17. Mai 2009 Wracks (wrecks)

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