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Notice:  On this page are photos of the sunken submarine, USS Perch (SS-176).  The U.S. Navy has not yet verified the identity of the vessel 

All photos are copyrighted 2006, and are shown here courtesy of Kevin Denlay, December 2006

If you are a crew member, or a relative or a friend of any man who served on this boat, please contact us.

Contact:  Charles Hinman, (808) 423-1341, or education@bowfin.org

USS Perch - Fairwater & Plaque
Photo 11 - View of fairwater and plaque

Shown on this page are seven photos (Photo 11 - Photo 17) of the wreck of USS Perch (SS-176).  They are image captures (with the exception of Photo 13, a still photo also taken by Kevin Denlay) from a video recording taken in November of 2006, by Kevin Denlay.  To the best of our knowledge, and in accordance with accepted International Law, the vessel has not been disturbed.

USS Perch Fairwater and Plaque
Photo 12 - View of fairwater and plaque

During all dives, the photographers abide entirely by the regulations as stipulated by the
U.S. Naval Historical Center. 

USS Perch Plaque - Photo by Kevin Denlay
Photo 13 - View of plaque (still photograph)

The photo above was taken by Kevin Denlay as a still, and not an image capture from video.

USS Perch - Upper Fairwater
Photo 14 - View of upper front section of fairwater

Members of the dive team were Vidar Skoglie, Dieter Kops, Mike Gadd, Craig Challen, and Kevin Denlay.

USS Perch - Portside Fairwater
Photo 15 - View of upper front portside section of fairwater

Mr. Denlay said of the dive, "Disappointingly, as we have found on many of the other Java Sea wrecks we have discovered over the years, visibility on the bottom, below the thermocline, is often very poor, and Perch is no exception. On the few dives we did on Perch visibility varied from between five and fifteen feet effective on the wreck, that is, making out any detail beyond this was impossible. It was also quite dark, although the low light capability of the video camera 'enhances' the light levels so the images don't look as dark as what it really was to the eye."

USS Perch - Periscope Shears
Photo 16 - View of periscope shears

USS Perch - Periscope Shears
Photo 17 - View of periscope shears

Continue on to page 4 of the photographs.

If you are a relative or a friend of any man lost on this boat, please contact us.

Photos of the sunken vessel USS Perch
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See also:

USS Perch Page on this website

Announcement of the Discovery of USS Perch


External Links - Online Articles

Sunken WWII sub found by accident near Java, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 21, 2007

Arkansas man recalls sinking of WWII sub, WMC-TV, Memphis

Memories Surface With Sub's Discovery, theday.com, February 5, 2007

"On Eternal Patrol," through USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, is honored to be associated with Mr. Kevin Denlay.


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