2011, Allan was inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame in the Cayman Islands. This prestigious award recognised his contribution to the diving industry in general and his incredible work and achievements on the Coolidge.
When Allan became the unofficial caretaker of the Coolidge, he also became the guardian of the remains of Captain Elwood J Euart, which were yet to be discovered on the great ship. It wasn’t until after the formation of the Elwood J Euart Association and their South Pacific World War II Museum project was launched, that by pure coincidence Allan’s team discovered the remains of Captain Euart on the Coolidge, where they had been lying for around 70 years. That find resulted in the successful recovery and repatriation of Captain Euart’s remains back to his home town in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. For the past 15 years, a memorial built by Captain Euart’s men has been cleaned and repainted by the dive community, led by Kevin & Mayumi Green, to ensure his name will forever be associated with the rich history of Espiritu Santo. Allan made over 15,000 dives on the Coolidge and has taken over 20,000 divers to the Lady alone – a remarkable achievement for someone who was still diving into his 85th year.
Once in a lifetime someone comes along who can change the way we look at the world. To see it in a way we could never have imagined. For those lucky enough to have spent dive time with Allan Power will appreciate why he was indeed, one of those people.
Vale Mr President