TORONTO – Canadian director James Cameron is donating the submarine he helped build for his journey to the bottom of the sea to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Cameron navigated the $10 million Deepsea Challenger seven miles down in the western Pacific Ocean last March, reaching the lowest point of the Mariana Trench.
His expedition was chronicled in the documentary Deepsea Challenge 3D.
Woods Hole, based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, will use the craft as a model for the design of other technologies. It will remain in operational condition.
Cameron has said he hopes to take the craft down to the Sirena Deep.
Susan K. Avery, president of Woods Hole, called Cameron’s dive inspirational. “Partnerships such as this one represent a new paradigm and will accelerate the progress of ocean science and technology development,” she said in a statement.
Born in Kapuskasing, Ont., Cameron is director of such films as Aliens, Titanic and Avatar.
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