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Expedition uncovers lost USS R-12 submarine, helps bring closure to victim’s families

2008 Citation of Merit honoree Capt. Timothy F. Taylor FN’04 has recently been featured in a variety of news outlets for his exploration and documentation of the USS R-12, a submarine sunk off the Florida coast during the Second World War. Along with his wife and Club Officer Christine Dennison FR’03, Tim not only located and documented the wreck out of pocket, he also contacted and organized family of those lost in the disaster and brought them along for the experience.

Submarine Grave Discovery Propels NY Explorers’ Movie Bid by Anna Edgerton of Bloomberg features commentary from Helen Cashell Baldwin, 78—who lost her father on the R-12. She explains how the expedition helped her remember her father and assisted in the grieving process. The piece also features Taylor and Dennison’s hope to make a documentary on their expedition, as well as plans to commemorate the R-12 with a plaque and several more visits in the future.

First Person: Tim Taylor published in the Financial Times Magazine offers a first person perspective of Tim’s road to discovering the R-12, as well as his ambitions for the project moving forward.

If you’d like to learn more about Tim, Christine and their expedition to uncover the R-12, as well as photos and more press, visit

Published by : Kevin Murphy

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