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The Exploration and Research Expeditions of R/V Petrel

August 9, 2018 from 7:00pm
The Exploration and Research Expeditions of R/V Petrel

Lecture by Paul Mayer

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara

When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

SBMM Members Reception at 6:15pm

Cost: $5 (SBMM Members) ⬧ $15 (Non-members)

Register: or (805) 456-8747

Sponsored by: Marie L. Morrisroe

Paul Mayer, who has worked closely with philanthropist Paul Allen, will discuss their projects and discoveries. Allen has sponsored various underwater projects using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles ROVs) onboard his yacht Octopus and the Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel. Mayer currently works on the R/V Petrel as their main researcher, pilots their ROV and assists in the operation of their AUV.  Previously, he worked on Paul Allen’s motor yacht Octopus and has been actively involved in many of its projects including: recovering the bell from the historic British battleship HMS Hood, surveying Iron Bottom Sound off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, and discovering the wrecks of the USS Indianapolis, the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, and the discovery of the Japanese battleship HIJMS Musashi.

Mayer’s presentation will outline his adventures and explorations traveling around the world on the Octopus and the R/V Petrel, revealing how they use various underwater technology in the search and discovery of sunken ships, airplanes, etc. He will also be sharing many of his photos from these travels.

Paul Mayer grew up surfing and diving in Santa Barbara, California. As a graduate of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Marine Diving Technology Program, he has been working with manned submersibles along with other underwater vehicles for over 28 years. Mayer lived in the Cayman Islands and Hawaii where he worked for Atlantis Submarines for 15 years in various positions including Submersible Pilot and Maintenance Manager. In 2005, he began working for Navigea Ltd. onboard the Octopus as a pilot for their manned submersible and ROV. In 2016, Mayer began actively researching the National Archives in Washington, DC and Japan for information that will help locate additional WWII sunken ships currently being sought by the by R/V Petrel.


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