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War's Long Shadow
Sonar image from ORP Arctowski courtesy of the Hydrographic Office of the Polish Navy

A haunting sonar image made by the Polish Navy from the surface of the Baltic pulls the shroud from Steuben. Its discovery last spring 235 feet (71 meters) down, lying on its port side, has attracted serious scuba divers trained for work in deep, dark water where temperatures drop to 37°F (2°C) even in summer. The ship appears to cast an eerie shadow on the seafloor when scanned from above by sonar technology. "The wreck is quite unusual," says Henryk Nitner, a sonar officer with the Polish Navy's Hydrographic Office. "It is in a good state of preservation. Such large ships often crash into parts or get destroyed while sinking."



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