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Erect Wreck

We found this one in mid-July of 2005, and dove it for the first time on July 31.  It appeared very large on the depth finder, with a profile of approximately 50 ft., leading us to believe it was possibly a small wreck or other obstruction with some large dragger nets suspended above.  However, when we finally hooked it and went down to investigate, we found a very large ship in a similar position to the Eagle Boat, with the stern buried solidly in the mud, and the bow pointed upwards at perhaps a 30 - 40 degree angle.  The engine room area emerges from the mud at 250 FSW, and the tip of the bow is right at 200 FSW.  This is obviously a scuttled ship, stripped and empty with holes blown in the sides near the waterline to facilitate sinking.

It appears to be a cargo ship, with a steel hull, wooden deck, and what appears to be a single long deckhouse along the center of the wreck.  The remains of a wheelhouse appears as a second deck above the forward section of the deckhouse.  A "greenhouse" style ventilation roof for the engine room is the first identifiable feature that emerges from the mud.  Going forward, the deckhouse begins with immediate access to the engine room, housing a single steam engine surrounded by a catwalk similar to the one found in the Pug wreck.  The boiler is immediately forward of the engine and appears to pass through a bulkhead in the ship.  Like the Eagle Boat, entering the engine room actually takes you below the mud, and there seems to be plenty of open space.

a view into the engine room - photo by Joe Augusto

 

Lifeboat davits are intact on both sides of the deckhouse.  Portholes have been removed for the most part, and those that remain have what appear to be steel frames.  All hatches are open and allow easy access to most or all of the ship.  Immediately forward of the deckhouse is a single large winch with dual drums, and there are two open cargo hatches between the winch and bow.  Near the bow, two "snorkel" hatches give access below - a raised area in the deck provides a platform at the tip of the bow. Since most of the interesting features of the wreck are near the mud, this is a very deep dive.  Monofilament covers the wreck and requires constant vigilance.  A single large dragger net is draped over the deck immediately forward of the winch, but otherwise the wreck is net free.

Paul's grapple firmly in place on the wreck     

 

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