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What is the effect on skeletal remains from battery gasses?

Submarines of the past were electric driven when submerged, supplied by battery power. In accidental sinkings, or otherwise, the gases are corrosive and metal destructive. What is the effect on skeletal remains? Consideration of retrieval years later as in discovery of a previoiusly unknown location with the knowledge the crew is still inside. Thank you The midget submarine of Iwasa Naoji and Sasaki Naokichi was buried at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base as landfill toward end December '41 with crew inside. See note #5 at bottom of the page: http://www.combinedfleet.com/Pearl.htm Iwasa, command leader, at top of painting photo. photo #54302 sub prior to burial: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-fornv/japan/japtp-ss/mdg-a-2.htm .http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h54000/h54301.jpg At the lower right is a ship. From the bow at the two o'clock position, across the tongue, is the sub burial site to be. [photo ca. 1940] "It [submarine] was rediscovered in 1952, but reburied at the same place because chlorine gas had eaten away all its contents. The remains of the crew are still inside."

Asked By: ipygmalion - 10/21/2006
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I think that unless the remains are in a closed compartment where the batteries were located they are likely to be unaffected. It seems likely that bulkhead hatches would have been secured prior to the sinking, but implosions, leaking valves, and other damage might have opened those compartments to the sea... More
Answered By: carbonates - 10/22/2006
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