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The first official dive of the season for Atlantic Divers drew a full boat of wrecksters from all over the area including a nice international mix of divers.  Those on board included Captain Al Pyatak, mate Dan Boyland of Lakeland Jersey, myself of Sweden Jersey  and the following:  Big John of Copeland, Brian Paquette of France and Delware, John Bernsten of Maryland, Sam Harrison and  Andy Smeigh from South Jersey, Steve Lagreca representing  Greece, France and Italy from Ventadelphia, Paul Klalan of Poland and Steve Francke of Germany....Actually all are from the region. 

A good gathering for this group to dive the old schooner Vivian. Named after the finder, a Barnegate Light party boat in the 70's., This large collier sailing schooner has a huge pile of chain and a substantial 15 plus foot anchor estimated in the 1500 lb to 1 ton weight.  Nearby the hull lies contiguously for over 100 feet with massive 2 foot wide beams buried beneath the sand.   Some more wreckage and masts can be found well off the stern.  Divers can still find numerous pieces of coal mixed in the wreckage.  Several cables are outlined hiding rigging and the possible dead eye. 

Although no dead eyes were uncovered this trip, divers were satisfied to capture some nice lobsters while basking in the 39 degree water with good bottom visibility of 20 plus foot.  The surface was flat and all enjoyed the conditions for a break in dive.

For most it was just a good time sharing the adventure and the comradeship on this first great dive for the 2010 season

Safe Wrecking in 2010.
Gene


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By John Copeland:

IT WAS SO NICE after the long hard winter to get out and load some nitrogen. It was one of the nicest days so far.  We meet at the Sea Lion 7:00 departure, Captain Al at the helm, mate Dan close by, plus 9 Atlantic divers sped out the the Vivain in search of dead eyes.

I was buddied with Steve and Brain, after 2 very nice dives rt 40 mins covering the wreck back and forth, we couldn't find any dead eyes only lobsters here and there in this hole that hole.  One was pushing the trophy limits and went home with Steve and  I'm thinking it could feed a family of 4.  We will have to get a dinner report from Steve,he was drooling when he left.

Next trip out on the Sea lion is May16 to the Arundo, the Lion is the boat this year,.  It has the deeper, plus some more special trips this year.
 
later  John

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