Luxe Beat Magazine has posted our latest Third Age Expeditions column:
The President and the Lady: World’s Greatest Diveable Intact Shipwreck?
You can read it: Here
A former luxury liner
On the morning of October 26, 1942, the 22,000-ton SS President Coolidge was en route to the American supply base on Espiritu Santo, the biggest island in Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides). The former luxury liner turned troop transport was heavily laden with 5,540 men, war supplies and all the anti-malarial medicine that could be mustered for the allied forces on Guadalcanal. The Coolidge’s captain was eager to get his ship into port after receiving reports that a Japanese submarine was lurking somewhere nearby. In the fog of war, the SS President Coolidge carelessly entered the east end of Segond Channel and slammed into a US mine. Before any evasive action could be ordered, the Coolidge was rocked again when a second mine exploded. Realizing his ship was lost, the captain gave the order to run her aground.