Diving the Montebello

Robert Schwemmer will present historical research he has uncovered on the Union Oil Company tanker S S Montebello, which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1941. With special guest Richard Quincy, the Montebello's only known survivor.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7 p.m.

Where: S.B. Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Wy., #190, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $5

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures


Schwemmer will share underwater imagery of the sunken ship that sits in 900 feet of water, just south of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Schwemmer, who serves on the museum’s board of directors, is the West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator for NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and was part of the science team that rediscovered the wreck in 1996 in the two-manned submersible Delta. In 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract to Global Diving & Salvage to conduct an assessment of the condition of the sunken tanker and determine if the oil was still onboard. Schwemmer served on the taskforce and was on board the OSRV Nanuq during the assessment and served as a technical advisor. “Today, 70 years after the sinking of the Montebello people are just learning about the little known history of Japanese submarines attacking and sinking American merchant ships within site of the California shoreline” said Robert Schwemmer. Schwemmer’s lecture is free for SBMM members and $5 for non-members and part of an ongoing films and lecture series at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. To RSVP and purchase tickets call 805-962-8404 x 115. To view more events at the museum visit

Phone: 805-962-8404

Event posted April 5, 2012
Last updated April 5, 2012


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