The Alvin

The Alvin is owned and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 1964. It was named after Ally Vine, whose influence the design. Its first dive estimated 35 ft.

      The Alvin is built to withstand the pressure of the ocean. The sub can remain submerged for 10 hours under normal conditions. (its life support system will allow the sub and its occupants to remain underwater for 72 hours). "It is capable of maneuvering around rugged bottom areas and can hover in mid water to perform scientific tasks or take still and video photography."