following appeared April 7, 2008 in the
By Dale M. King
Boca Raton News City Editor
April 7, 2008
Rick Newman of
Boca Raton has involved himself with projects that touched
earth and sky.
He has a couple of
electric cars, secured the robots from the 1950s film,
“Forbidden Planet” and the TV show, “Lost in Space,”
for a display at the South Florida Science Museum and has
amassed a major collection of “flown space artifacts.”
turned his attention to the ocean, specifically, the
restoration of a two-person miniature submarine that has been
sitting at the South Florida Science Museum since 1973.
“I’m on the
board of trustees of the museum,” he said. “I saw it
laying outside the museum, covered with a tarp, about five
Under the tarp,
the tiny sub was rusting away, and the paint was seriously
“Six or seven
years ago, there was an effort by the museum to restore it,”
he said. “But the cost and logistics – the sub weights
6,000 pounds – prevented it.”
Not long ago, Dale
Hedrick of Hedrick Brothers Construction joined the board. And
he provided the crane that lifted the old sub onto a flatbed
truck and took it to Palm Beach Automotive in Boca Raton.
In that garage,
Newman repaired “the submarine’s undercarriage, metal
superstructure and the fiberglass shell.”
The sub is
scheduled to be painted today in its original colors –
mainly yellow, with hints of blue – and will then return to
its spot in front of the South Florida Science Museum.
Newman said he did
extensive research on the sub. But he could not
determine whether it ever saw service in the ocean.
He said Perry
Cubmarine of Riviera Beach donated the undersea craft. It’s
a model of the company’s PC5C, the two-man mini-sub designed
by John H. Perry, Jr.
Newman said he
believes the sub was a prototype for other Perry-designed
vessels that came later. He said one of Perry’s subs found
an H-bomb off the coast of Spain in the 1960s.
Perry designed this sub at his Palm Beach home
and it was manufactured in Riviera Beach.
operational depth of about 600 feet (and tested for 900 feet),
Cubmarines have given scientists easy access to the
Continental Shelf, enabling them to study sea life and
phenomena as never before,” said Newman.
Vitals on the sub?
Instrumentation consisted of a gyrocompass, analog clock,
speed sensor, depth gauge and up- and down- looking
fathometer. Steering is straightforward through an airplane
type wheel post. Speed of ascent and descent is two feet a
was via a rechargeable battery-operated system.
The sub could stay submerged for up to five hours at a time
and had a range of about 20 miles. Its original name when
built was the "Reef Hunter".
been used to study whales; observe the effects of repellents
on sharks; find missile nose cones, spent torpedoes, and
crashed aircraft; search for wrecked treasure ships; and
inspect offshore oil drilling rigs and undersea telephone
Cubmarine is a part of the world’s maritime history,” he
noted. “And an integral part of Palm Beach County’s
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