Wreck of USS Scorpion (SSN-589) 400 miles southwest of the Azores: The after messenger bouy cavity from the USS Scorpion resting on the ocean floor in more than 10,000 feet of water. The messenger bouy is used to mark the position of the escape hatch of a distressed submarine. This area was also used to store mooring line, some of which is visible protruding from the hatch. Quoted from the original photo caption, which is one of five views, dated August 1986, taken by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. This image looks to port. See Photo # NH 70308 for a view of this area taken before Scorpion's loss, and Photo # USN 1136662 for a view of this area of the wreck taken in October 1968. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.