Dear Wrecksters, An exciting year of wreck diving is planned for 2008. Adventures include a return to North Carolina, North Atlantic Adventures to explore a deserted islands off New Foundland and Nova Scotia and a fall wreck exploration in Southern Florida. Those interested dive, dive, dive...and brush up on your travel wreck diving skills. Local diving will include boats out of Va. Beach, Delaware, Cape May, Atlantic City, Barnegate and Brielle for inshore and experienced wreck diver trips. Stay tuned for more. Check our site and join our forum at: http://www.njwreckdivers.com Past History and Present. Atlantic Divers charters members have explored North Atlantic Coast for over three decades and have been an active part of wreck diving history. Our charters have been on the tip of the sword discovering dozens of unknown North Atlantic and New Jersey wrecks and positively identifying more than a dozen known sites.Tale of mis identified tankers: http://uwex.us/NCtankers.pdfSearch for the General Slocum:http://www.numa.net/articles/search_for_the_general_slocum.html Read:Shipwrecks of New Jersey: South,DEEP, DARK, AND DANGEROUS ADVENTURES AND REFLECTIONS ON THE ANDREA DORIA and Ironclad Legacy: Battle of the USS Monitorby Gary Gentile Most recently, the Freighter, an offshore wreck site has been positively identified. This exciting discovery of a World War II freighter lost without a trace I researched and identified this summer. I was able to match the serial numbers from a helm recovered in 1994 from the wreck with a tragic war victim of 1942. The wreck is 53 miles southeast of Cape May in 165 feet of water. In 1992 Bill Dumeze the captain of the red hulled clammer Arlene Snow ran over a snag while fishing. He contacted Jim Bowen an avid wreck fisher and the two left Cape May inlet following only a compass bearing to the wreck site. Jim believed this was going to be some wild goose chase because Bill had recorded no lo-ran numbers. After four long hours steaming at 12 knots to the middle of nowhere Captain Bill told Jim to slow the boat down and follow his bearings as he scanned the bottom finder. After what seemed to be a convoluted course of bearing changes over a period of a half hour, Bill shouted to drop a buoy. Jim Bowen looked over Bill's shoulder as a large spike appeared on the screen that looked like an ice cream cone with a sprinkle of jimmies. These were in fact fish hovering over the virgin wreck. Jim was amazed that any one could find a wreck scanning a depth recorder with no land bearings. Bill explained that clammers and scallopers know the bottom of the ocean well spending 99 % of their time looking at the depth recorder searching for their harvest. Jim gave the wreck it's first nick name the Ice Cream Cone. This exciting wreck has led to the identification of a lost ship whose circumstance of sinking was previously unknown. Read more of the fate of a lone surviving ex-crew member whose life was spared by the circumstance of war. The dramatic story of how coincidence, luck and comradery led to the identification of this historic wreck will be related in a future story. You can read more about Atlantic Divers latest discovery in Gary Gentiles upcoming newsletter. "Freighter lost with out a trace identified" http://www.ggentile.com/ The name of the lost ship will be revealed in Gary's article.I will address this headlining news release with a presentation this winter. Join Atlantic Divers this season and discovery why Atlantic Divers is "The Serious Wreck Divers' Choice." Good Wreck Diving!Gene
Sounds like a great year to come. May the Gods of Good Weather smile benevolently on us all.
I can't wait to learn more about the "Freighter". Always hard to identify a wreck when there are so many lobsters and scallops lying around, not to mention two huge basking sharks....
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