Did the Octopus Salvage the Explorer’s Black Box?


Paul Allen's 414-foot yacht Octopus, owned by Navigea Ltd

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s 414-foot yacht Octopus has been down in southern Argentina and Antarctica this winter and, according to today’s Norwegian shipping paper TradeWinds, on February 8 she may have salvaged the black box recorder from GAP Adventures’ pioneer expedition cruise ship Explorer, lost by sinking in ice on November 27, 2007.

On Wednesday, March 30, Navigea Ltd, owners of the Octopus, filed suit in Seattle against Kelvin-Hughes NDR 2000 Voyage Data Recorder and GAP Shipping Ltd for the cost of salvage, which it is said could be between $2 and $3 million. GAP of course did not sanction this work and will resist any responsibility for this effort. As well as helicopters, the Octopus is outfitted with two submersibles that could have carried out this work.


GAP Adventures' 345-foot expedition ship Expedition replaced the Explorer.

While the merits of this case are debated why not think about a cruise in GAP’s new ship Expedition, commissioned in 2009 to replace the original Explorer. The Expedition cruises the Antarctic by winter and the waters around the British Isles and Svalbard, or Spitsbergen, by summer.

Call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 for further details.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and GAP Adventures.