Pacific Northwest Section - Hughes Glomar Explorer – Unique Design Requirements and Features

When:  Jun 4, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PT)
Associated with  Pacific Northwest Section
Come join us aboard the USS Turner Joy for a presentation about Project Azorian, a secret CIA project for the design, construction, and operation of the HUGHES GLOMAR EXPLORER, a unique vessel designed to suit a "cover story" of mining the ocean for manganese nodules. In reality, its Cold-War-era mission was to retrieve a sunken Russian submarine, the K-129, equipped with communication codes, code-breaking machinery, and nuclear warheads atop ballistic missiles, from 16,700 feet below the surface.

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Speaker Name & Bio
Charles Cannon, Retired

After graduating from University of Michigan in 1968, Cannon began his career at Global Marine, Inc. in Los Angeles and sailed as Wiper on Glomar Challenger for Leg 5 of the NSF Deep Ocean Drilling Project. Returning to Global Marine after a year studying Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, he participated in all naval architectural aspects for preliminary design of Glomar Explorer, including lines, weights, stability and hull structure design. He served as an Owner’s Representative at the shipyard during vessel construction and acted as on-board design engineer for the Owner’s construction crew during the 3-month delivery voyage from Sun Shipyard in Pennsylvania to Long Beach.

Cannon joined MARCO Shipyard in 1974-1988, overseeing the transition to computer aided design, lofting, and parts cutting. In 1988, he set up and staffed MARCO's CAD design office in Chile. From 1990-2003, Cannon supervised MARCO's engineering staff responsible for developing preliminary and contract designs to the shipyard. He joined Glosten in 2003 and supervised detail design efforts on a major tug conversion/repower and a unique class of jackup dipper dredges. In 2008, he joined Guido Perla Associates as VP of Engineering and was intimately involved with detail design for the Olympic Class Washington State Ferries, among other projects. After retiring in 2012, Cannon has continued to consult for Vigor, Delta Marine, Guido Perla Associates, and others in the Puget Sound area, when not using (and fixing) his 30' wooden power cruiser.

Registration - *Credit/debit card accepted at door.  No cash or checks.
$25 - Members
$40 - Non-Members

At The Door
$30 - Members
$45 - Non-Members


USS Turner Joy
300 Washington Beach Ave
Bremerton, WA 98337

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Member $25.00
Non-member $40.00