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The Dina Dee ventured to the Chaparra with a group of nine Atlantic Divers and the crew of Capt. George and Chris. S.S. Chaparra struck a mine on Sunday October 27, 1918 laid by the German sub U-117 . It lies just offshore of the San Saba which was sunk by the same group of mines laid in that area. On her port side, the debris field is scattered, contiguous and easily navigated. A good dive for the hunter and artifacts, much is still to be uncovered while searching the many lobster hiding spots. In the early seventies, I spent many memorable dives exploring the S.S. Chaparra. There I bore witness to exciting night dives, where multitudes of lobster were captured. Numerous portholes and the occasional cerveza bottles were also rescued, as well as an rare chronometer recovered by diver Dave Poponi. The most noted dive of all includes the capture of a 26 lb. lobster by the great Chuck Wine on Captain Frank Fuhr's boat the Ebbie. Today, we enjoyed flat seas with green warm waters to 30 feet, which opened up to 30-40 foot after passing through the thermocline. Dennis Huber, Steve Lagreca, John Copeland, John Lavelle, Brett Lutz, Greg Mastroinn, Pat Forchione, Tom Coledge and I enjoyed exploring the site from the stern to the bow. The crew of George Dreher and Chris O'Donnell hunted and captured numerous fish and lobster. One group porthole project fell through when it became apparent that it was unworthy of further efforts. If you listened to the weather man you would have missed another great day on the Chaparra. 25 knot winds were never to be had. The sea was breathless. Once again kudos to the crew of the Dina Dee for an exceptional day on the sea with friends. Good Wreck Diving! Gene Peterson __________________ Good Wreck Diving!