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Submission II left Atlantic City Monday August 10 with John Copeland, Steve LeGreca, Bubble watcher Harold, Chuck Cole, Steve Seeberger, Captain Dave Pheiffer and myself.  The San Jose is often overlooked, because of it's ill gotten reputation of being in a mud hole.  To be fair the San Jose is in a deeper hole and some wrecks further offshore nearby are shallower.  I have found visibility to be incredible of nil.  Hit or miss, yet this can be beneficial to the lobster hunter.  I have seen dozens of giant lobsters ranging in the 10 to 20 lb size captured on the site.  Nearby a deeper valley hosts the well deserved title as the Lobster Hole.  A popular commercial trapping site. 

Dave dropped us into the galley area with average visibility in the 10 to 15 foot range.  Steve tied in as Copeland, LeGreca and Cole soon entered and explored to the bow area.  A United Fruit ship, this freighter has the distinguished history in that it was abandoned after a collision and may have been torpedoed as she remained afloat by a marauding U-boat.  With a fictional weather report, Submission II was forced to pull the hook and move inshore to the gigantic coal carrier Lemuel Burrows.  Here we dived the stern where the massive propeller shaft encased in a monolithic freight train sized housing.  Under engine numerous brass flanges, blocks, wheels and fire hose fittings have fallen to the hull.  A perceptive diver will uncover loads of brass.  The heat was intense today and well worth the escape on the ocean to plunge in the cool waters off Atlantic City.   As we approached the inlet, we admired the new construction and the old leftover disparity as Atlantic City struggles to compete as a resort on the sea.    Hopefully she will overcome her setbacks and become that diamond in the sand someday.    For those of us fortunate to cool off by diving in this mini heat wave, we were well rewarded.
 


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