Beyond the sea

We designed the first submarine to explore the Titanic wreckage.


The “Alvin” submarine – named for famous oceanographer Allyn Vine – became the world’s premiere deep-diving research vessel when it was deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 1964.

The 23-foot sub has been a workhorse – and is still making history after more than 50 years. Among its famous missions:

  • 1966: Dove 2,500 feet in the Mediterranean Sea to recover a hydrogen bomb lost in a mid-air plane collision.
  • 1977: Discovered previously unknown life forms around heat vents on the ocean floor off the Galapagos Islands.
  • 1986: Explored for the first time the wreckage of the Titanic ocean liner that sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.

We no longer operate our Aeronautical Research Labs where Harold “Bud” Froehlich drew up the first plans for the sub. Today, we’re focused on food.

But our approach to discovery remains the same.

Explorers and oceanographers rejoiced in the vehicle, which was just big enough for a three-person crew: A pilot and two researchers.

“For General Mills, research is a way of life.” - Former General Mills CEO E. Robert Kinsey.



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