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NC Coastal Dive Reports
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:11 pm
It was supposed to be heavy rains and thunderstorms so I went diving. That heavy rain happened to and from the coast but Mama nature smiled on us. 1-2 ft seas all day. Bright sun. Flying fish on the way out. Dove the Gill. 23 miles out in 90 ft of water. Lots of fish life: Folks saw a few sand tiger sharks, large schools of cuda, file fish, grouper, several tropicals, yellow tail snappers, eels, some nice jellies including a moon jelly, etc.. Great day on the water. Met some nice folks from DC. Two good dive buddies. I find the Gill very photogenic with 70 years of marine growth covering the ruins of a sunken tanker. A few photos on my facebook page.
Water on top was a gorgeous clear blue. Lots of life around to amuse you on the hang bar. Dropping down at about 40 ft there was a very mild thermocline. Below the thermocline the viz was 30-40 ft depending on location. Top layer in the 80s. Bottom layer was 79. Very slight current. Some sargassum weed scattered on top. watched stuff play in it during the SI.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:14 pm
Two nice dives today on the Stone and the Dredge Wreck with Aquatic Safaris. Stone is a sunken tugboat. Dredge is a ship that sunk around 1920. Now piles of bricks and machine parts. Water was 80 top to bottom. Viz was 15-20 ft. Seas were 1-2 ft. Viz better up higher. No current. Particulate ruled out taking any distant shots.
Number of tropicals including juvenile blue tang, queen angels. We saw a number of small, half inch fish. Bright blue with stripe on top, yellow on the bottom. Probably an immature damsel fish of some type. Found a couple very small nudibranchs. Maybe 3/4 of an inch. Not our usual goddesses. Note the white spots. Also saw filefish, flounder, and a lot of others.
Photos on my facebook page.
Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:29 pm
Well the dives on Friday and Sat AM got blown out. Paul of AS decided that things were calming down and we departed at noon on Sat. to 4 ft seas for the Hyde and Markham. Seas were 3 ft by the time we got there and were down to 2 ft for the SI. Good call.
Lowest water temp was 77 on both dives. Viz was down from what it had been. About 10 ft on the Markham, a bit better on the Hyde. A good 15 ft. On the hang bar horizontal viz was 25-30 ft. In some places the surge had churned up some particulate but most places the water was just hazy.
Hard to tell how many but there were sand tigers back on the Hyde. Saw them three times. Two large remora were real pests on the hang bar. Funny watching divers push them off.
Usual fish and critters. Lots of amberjack on the Markham. They kept swimming by.
Couple pleasant dives. First was an hour long (air limited). Second about 40 minutes (NDL limited).
Some pictures on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/steve.campbell.5496683
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:58 pm
Two dives today on the Gill. Very enjoyable dives. Water was warm down to 70 ft. Then a thermocline and cool water below that. High 70s on top. 73 down on the Gill. Viz was 60-70 ft in both layers. Very little particulate. No current in the top layer. Mild but noticeable current in the bottom layer. Lots of fish life. Large bait schools. Large numbers of amberjack. Number of flounder. Several tropicals. Nice eel. Large sandy kept cruising around and posing for pictures. Couple other types of sharks seen by other divers. Very nice dives.
I like the Gill. Saw almost 60 minutes of bottom time.
Some pictures posted on my facebook page.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:41 pm
We had a great 3 day weekend on the Under Pressure, we got to dive a lot of really cool seldom visited stuff! The Atlantic Wreck Divers had the weekend and monday and tuesday booked. They wanted to do the 701 and the conditions decided to cooperate, which is rare! We headed out for an overnighter on Saturday. The wind was coming from the northeast and it got a bit rough as we went past the shoals, still it wasn't bad compared to some trips I have done. We got to the 701 and there was only about a half knot of current. If you have ever been there you know that a half knot on the 701 is a godsend! We dove it for most of the day, from the time I tied in until the time I untied it picked up to a knot but as I said that's still pretty good for the 701! The hull is sanded in in the middle by the conning tower but as you head to the bow and the stern it is completely uncovered with about 5 feet of water to the sand at the ends. The 701 is in about 110 feet of water but you might hit 125 in some of the wash outs. The temp went from low 70's when we first got there to around 75 or so when the current picked up.
Here is the 88 mm deck gun, sorry that I haven't done more pictures but my strobe is headed to the repair shop, this was actually shot with the cameras onboard flash! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =1&theater
After the swarthy crew got their fill of the 701 we headed to the Green Bouy wreck, purported to be the Ciltvaria, the Mirlo or The San Delfino..... The conditions were pretty good, about 40 feet of vis, 74 degrees and almost no current. It's a HUGE wreck in two main sections that are easily jumped the depth is about 110 to 120 feet in places. Karen was kind enough to leave us a reel line to find the bow section when she found it (damn rebreathers he he he). The bow and the stern are just massive, probably the coolest item on the site is the Deck gun on the stern which is pretty much lying on it's starboard side. The mid section of the wreck is mostly upside down and is partially intact in places, other places have broken down into debris. the bow section has fallen over on it's side at the tip of the bow and there is a massive anchor up there. We quickly spotted the deck gun on the back. As Gary Gentile stated in his book the Ciltvaria had no gun so that one is ruled out. We are now embroiled in the big Debate over which wreck it is.............. Love that stuff. I have been looking up stuff all day. A few made in England tiles were found, but since all 3 ships were British that isn't gonna help much
We spent the night on the Green Bouy wreck and dove her twice on Sunday the conditions improved, the vis got better, seas slacked off and there was no current to the point where the anchor line was just slack, the weight of the chain had pulled it down onto the wreck and the line was just hanging there. After we got our fill we took the long as hell ride back to Hatteras Landing, I cleaned the boat, drove back to Wanchese and crashed out hard. Had to be up at 4 to head back on Monday, we were trying to dive the E M Clark but the fishing boats we rely on for information told us there was a pretty stiff current out there. We agreed to go dive the Lancing which is a MASSIVE wreck in 170 feet of water The water on top was crazy clear blue but unfortunately it got greener, murkyer, and colder at about 120 feet, it wasn't bad but I have had better dives on the Lancing.
The Lancing is upside down, it is broken in two in the middle with no separation of halves. The many boilers spill out of the sides and clutter up the break in the hull. She seems to have had many small boilers instead of just a few large ones. She was built as a whaling ship in 1898, later converted to a tanker, she was sunk on April
7 1942 by German U boat ace Eric Topp in U552. Known locally as the slick wreck, she is still full of oil, as you swim down the keel you may see the oil drifting out of holes in the hull, the oil twists into weird snakelike shapes as it oozes out of the hull and gets pushed around by the water. On a past trip a diver penetrating the wreck actually came up into the oil! I give him massive amounts of credit for living through that episode! It would take some calm clear thinking not to panic. Proceed into the hull with great caution! I always point my light up and watch for the mirror like shine of the oil when I venture inside. So far I haven't gone far enough inside to have seen it but I know damn good and well it's there! It's nowhere for novices that is for sure,wires and cables hang down, and the crushed up parts of the walls and bulkheads don't look like they would on an intact ship as everything is falling apart. Probably the most incredible feature on the Lancing is the prop and rudder. They are just freaking enormous. The rudder is hanging on by one pintle and it won't be long before it falls.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater
The second most impressive sight on the Lancing is the bow. It is SO BIG it is hard to describe. The point of the bow hits the sand in the deepest part of the wreck at about 170 feet. It stands at least forty feet above the sand, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater Hopefully this picture says 1000 words.
We did a long dive on the Lancing and then headed back to Hatteras as the seas picked up and got snotty.
It was a kick ass weekend of real wreck diving with some of the best wreck divers there are!
I can't wait for more.
Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 11:39 pm
The dive gods felt guilty about yesterday and made up for it today.
Boat for Markham/Hyde left the dock at the sane hour of 11am and returned around 4:20. Was diving with NC Diver Greg.
Going out we had 1-2 ft seas. These laid down so that we have glassy water during the dives. Sun was out. Very light breeze. Air temp in the 70s. At both sites the top layer was clear blue water with no particulate. Horizontal viz was well over 40 ft. From the back of the 35 ft boat you could see way past it. Due to the lack of current or waves boat was anchored essentially over the wreck. You could make out parts of the ship from the hang bar. Coldest water was 70 at Markham and 71 at the Hyde.
Down on the boats the viz was a good 30 ft. On the Markham we cruised from anchor to props back up to bow and to anchor looking for critters. Very enjoyable dive.
On the Hyde we found small sea goddess nudibranchs in a couple of locations. We went down by the bow and looked around. I found 3 small teeth. As we started to swim around the bow in the washed out area, occurred the highlight of the day. The biggest shark I have ever been in the water with swam by us. As we started up it swam back by us again a few feet away and then headed off. At least two other groups of divers saw it. One saw it head on so she got a good face view. We all agree it was not a sand tiger. It was not a sand bar since it lacked the giant top fin. Was stream lined and swam in a powerful way. Was full and wide up front. The consensus was that it was a large bull shark probably around at least 9-10 ft maybe more. An impressive animal. Was out of photo range. I was so mesmerized that I forgot that my camera could also shoot video.
After the previous day I had disconnected the external flash and was operating the camera with the built in flash. Still fun taking a few photos.
A great day on and under the water with good dive buddy and friendly divers on the boat.
Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 4:35 pm
Lets get the bad part out of the way first. The brief morning 3s turning to 2s turned into 4-5s with a few 6s. Was down to forecast 2s by noon. Also a flood a few months back of my flash meant it finally quit working at the start of this dive.
Was diving with Michael Martin and Jim Pruitt (NC Diver moose_grunt). Nice conversation on the boat and good buddies. JIm gets the gold star as to be explained shortly.
Some current but not super strong near the surface. Once we got to the wreck current was essentially gone. A good 30 ft of viz. From top of ship could see to the sand. Water clear inside the ship. Not much particulate so good diving. Lowest temp my computer saw was 70 degrees. Saw a couple of medium sandies, nice queen angel, all the usual critters. Quite a few big barracuda. Few amberjacks. Lots of arrow crabs.
NC is not known as nudibranch heaven and I like quests so I look for them on each dive for a bit. I had mentioned this to Michael and Jim. I was up to three species. Jim found a fourth. It was tiny, about a half inch. There was a second nearby. Picture is below. Not the best picture but note the camera comment above. Michael may have seen a fifth on the second dive but I thumbed a second dive due to some nausea. First time for me. But I will be back out tomorrow in 2 ft seas and will look for it then.
This was on the new ASII. It has a lot more room and is faster. Nice dive boat.
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