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Tobermory – 3 more wrecks January 20, 2009

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log.
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After diving the Forest City, we steamed over to the Arabia for our next dive, 20 minutes at a maximum of 105 feet, with a 2 minutes deep stop at 50′. The Arabia is an beautiful old wooden barque in excellent  condition, preserved in the cold water. While I enjoyed touring the wreck with Roger, I realise now that it would be much better to understand more about the layout before diving it and plan the route accordingly. Also, as I mentioned before, taking some good notes right after the dive would increase the enjoyment of the experience not to mention the quality of this blog.

We were out of the water at 12:25, and when I got back I was told there was room on the afternoon boat at no charge, so we refilled the tanks and got back on the boat.

This time we were off to the James C. King, for the first time in 21 years for me, having been on it in 1983, 1984 and 1986. The water at depth was suprisingly warm at 13C (55F), compared to the 7C I recorded in 1984. It looked like the swim-through under the hull still might have been there but it may not have been navigable and I didn’t attempt it. The last dive of the day was the W. L. Wetmore. At a maximum depth of 20′, this one was nice and warm and bright, enabling us to take a good look at the strewn wreckage, which includes a boiler and a nice anchor.

Dinner at the Lighthouse Restaurant followed the long day of diving, with more to follow the next day.



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