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Shallow Waters May 8, 2016

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log, Shipwrecks.
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Wednesday turned out to be a disappointment followed by a decent shallow water dive. Once again we were to dive the Duane, and once again the current was way too strong. Like the previous time, we headed over to the Spiegel Grove only to hear of ripping currents there too, so we gave up and the boat took us to the wreck of the Norwegian merchant freighter Benwood, a wreck of a wreck lying in about 35′ feet of water. The Benwood sank after a collision, and then, according to our boat crew, the US Navy used it for target practice , so not only are there a few bombs lying around the site a lot of the metal is twisted beyond recognition. The Wikipedia article on the Benwood states that her stern section “seems to have been mostly obliterated by explosions of an unknown type”.

I dove with Rob, who’d recovered from his cold enough to dive. We took our time examining the wreck. Lots of time, actually, as my total dive time was 120 minutes. Rob logged 115 minutes but I explored for a few minutes below the boat so I could come up with 120 minutes on the computer. My reward was spotting a cluster of 4 lobsters. I’d had the best fill of the week so far so even with the length of the dive I still came up with 1000 PSI in the doubles. We saw a few Rockfish, a spotted drum, and various other more common species, and these mysterious rust coloured fish with big glassy eyes. The boat crew had some opinions on what the fish was, but we didn’t come up with anything definitive.

Any dive is a good dive but this good dive would have been a better dive if it were a dive on the Duane or the Spiegel Grove.


The mysterious red fish is identified as a Glasseye Snapper.



Florida Bound April 21, 2011

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Shipwrecks.
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From Toronto to Tavernier Key is a mere 2,500km. A quick check on Google maps shows it’s the same distance as Paris to Athens, without the ferry ride. On day 1, we knocked off about 1,700 of those and I’m writing this from a motel somewhere in Georgia. So we expect to arrive late this afternoon.

There is so much gear in the poor 1986 Toyota Camry that the rear tyres are almost scraping the wheel wells. Normally I wouldn’t subject my own vehicle to this kind of abuse but it’s fully depreciated and will be replaced next month. We have 3 sets of steel doubles, 4 AL80s, and 3  steel stage bottles (My 45, and Brad’s two 50s).

First dive of the week will be on the Duane, while the first official dive of the club trip will be Saturday on the Vandenburg in Key West.