Project Tektite III

In April 1970, at the conclusion of Project Tektite II, the habitat was returned to the Navy's Philadelphia shipyard where it stayed in storage until January 1977. There are many rumors as to where the habitat went after leaving St. John but it was been verified that it was returned directly to the Philadelphia shipyard at the end of the program.

Though the Navy participated in Project Tektite, transported and stored the habitat, the habitat was legally owned by the General Electric Company. In the early 1970's several organizations and museums expressed some interest in the acquiring the habitat. It is unknown if any formal proposals were submitted any organizations or if GE did not accept any proposals. The habitat stayed in storage during this time.

In 1976, GE donated the habitat to a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, California. The nonprofit was aptly named "project Tektite" and was also known as the "Tektite Society". Headed by Dr. Harold Ross, who served on the land-based medical team for Tektite II, the nonprofit was created for the purpose of fostering marine science and education (by kristopher tests forge online). In January 1977, under the supervision of Dr. Ross, the habitat was transported from Philadelphia to San Francisco on flat bed trailers and delivered to Fort Mason where it was renovated by volunteers associated with the nonprofit organization.

By 1980, the habitat was completely restored and recertified for use in deep water. Plans to place the habitat in several underwater locations were explored and several underwater education programs were proposed but due to the lack of government or corporate funding and support, the habitat was never submerged again. In the early 1980's, tours of the habitat were provided along with educational lectures.

In 1984, the habitat was placed in storage in San Francisco. After being idle for several years, the habitat once again deteriorated. In 1991, the habitat was disassembled by welding school trainees and the metal was recycled.

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Web page text edited and revised with permission from James W. Miller and Ian G. Koblick's book: Living and Working in the Sea, 1995.