Submarines or Submersibles, what’s the difference and does it even matter?
Returning visitors to GlobalSubDive will know that we provide an amazing and perfect platform for all oceanic research, scientific exploration or other ocean based ventures.
So whether you are off searching for giant squids or you need to recover a lost piece of equipment that you somehow dropped into the ocean, then we have the platform that can help get your goal accomplished.
Operating from the 146′ exploration grade vessel, Baseline Explorer, we have all the gear and amenities that you will need, including two Triton submarines that will take you to a full 1000 feet in a design offering you not only comfort, but also unsurpassed views curtesy of the giant perfect sphere you are sitting in.
Now, I did say submarines and that’s actually technically incorrect.
The more correct vocabulary would be submersibles. So in truth whenever we write of submarines in connection with our operations and activities, we really mean submersibles.
Most people probably don’t realize there’s a difference and I too had to look it up.
Here’s a great and simple differentiation that I found on Wikipedia:
A submersible is a small vehicle designed to operate underwater. The term submersible is often used to differentiate from other underwater vehicles known as submarines, in that a submarine is a fully autonomous craft, capable of renewing its own power and breathing air, whereas a submersible is usually supported by a surface vessel, platform, shore team or sometimes a larger submarine.
In common usage by the general public, however, the word submarine may be used to describe a craft that is by the technical definition actually a submersible. There are many types of submersibles, including both crewed and uncrewed craft, otherwise known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs.
Submersibles have many uses worldwide, such as ocean-ography, underwater archaeology, ocean exploration, adventure, equipment maintenance and recovery, and underwater videography.
So yes, just to be clear, at GlobalSubDive, we are typically operating submersibles as opposed to submarines. However, that said, it is more than likely that we will be using these terms interchangeably without much regard to strict correctness.
Even Wikipedia tells us and confirms that people most often will use the term submarine even if they are actually referring to submersible and so will we.
There’s just something emotional that gets stirred when the word submarine enters a conversation. I think it’s because it sparks off our imagination.