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S.S. Tahoe dive pushed back a year

by Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

A 385-foot dive to the bow of Steamship Tahoe has been pushed back until next summer.

New Millennium Dive Expeditions, a technical diving team based in Reno, planned to dive to the bow of the vessel Aug. 30, the day it was intentionally sunk in the lake 60 years ago. But because of a lack of funds and a number of logistical problems, the team has decided to set June 2001 as the next target date for a dive on the ship.

“We’re $50,000 short,” said Martin McClellan, dive coordinator. “We need another 10 or 15 dives. We can’t go out and practice for the S.S. Tahoe just off the beach. We need to be out in Glenbrook.”

The stern of S.S. Tahoe sits a half mile off shore and 463 feet deep in Glenbrook bay, an area on the eastern shore of the lake.

McClellan said next year the team hopes to make its deepest dive to the stern of the ship next August on the anniversary of the sinking of the Tahoe, but it’s no longer a major concern.

“We don’t want to wait all the way through August,” he said. “We thought diving on the anniversary would really create local interest but it didn’t. Nothing – we just didn’t get any kind of response.”

In the early 1900s, the S.S. Tahoe was a luxury transport ship that carried people, mail and supplies around the lake.

Eventually it was retired and beached near Tahoe City. Vandalism drove William S. Bliss, grandson of Duane L. Bliss, to submerge the ship 100 feet in Glenbrook Bay on Aug. 29 and 30, 1940, so it could be seen in the clear water yet remain out of reach.

The plan went awry when the Tahoe slid from a bank sinking 300 feet deeper into the lake. The location of the ship remained a mystery until fishermen rediscovered her in 1970.

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