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Capt. Al and crew Steve Sheerin, Sal and special guest mate Jen Patterson made the voyage down to Atlantic City to take Atlantic Divers out this Wednesday.  The weather window allowed our group including Ant, Big John Copeland, Brian Pauquette, Danny H, Chuck Cole, Splash Edelon and myself to explore and to dredge the Almirante. 

Of the many wrecks I have dived I continue to enjoy exploring the Almirante. I have had innumerable great dive memories floating portholes, photographing, petting sand tiger sharks, touring guppies, slaying fish and wrestling bugs on this classic 1918 vintage wreck. 

Today was equally fun with the task of digging with the mighty Sea Lion dredge.  The crew set up all the pumps, hoses and the tie in, making it slick mining on the old girl.  It never ceases to amaze me how a project bonds a  group as we unearth numerous discoveries.  The big find was a nice plaque from 1918 vintage Pierce Arrow motor car.  Capt. Al and I would like to take credit for this discovery, but Splash did the recovery unaided.  He also recovered a nice piece of ornate brass and two gigantic flounders.  One he had to fold to put into his cooler. 

Even Danny, an experienced instructor from Illinois, was excited by the dredging on his first North Atlantic Dive.  Al, Steve, Big John Copeland, Brian, Ant and Chuck Cole managed to add another ten feet of depth to the wreck burrowing down to the sand.  The crew and customers managed to break new ground busting through barrels, cases, decking and dusting off eighty years of debris.   I have to admit I took advantage of the great visibility(thirty plus) to do a nice investigative tour, while the others wreaked havoc with the enriquenator.  Mentally, I noted several dramatic changes since my first dives here four decades ago.  A few more hurricanes will certainly crush her remains.

Steve Sheerin managed to sneak off and capture some massive bugs and Jen plugged some fish.  Big John and Ant finished off the dive by launching a 200 lb crate of tiles and a porthole to the surface.  Not satisfied with the first lift, John repeated the lift for good measure.  On board allot of grunting and groaning managed to pull the crate on board.
 
I must remember to patch that lift bag I loaned John.  A good time was had by few.

Good Wreck Diving!
Gene

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