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Old 1st February 2013, 11:03   #1 (permalink)
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Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

There are some great wrecks in the Solomons I have wanted to dive for some time so I have done some research and come up with a list of what seem to be the best wrecks there working up to what I am sure has got to be one of the most appealing and least dived wrecks in the South Pacific, the USS Atlanta

Here is the list I've put together and plan to dive over a 9 day period with 2 dives/day Some of the dives are an easy shore dive with the remainder being a short boat ride.

USS Aaron Ward 70m
USS John Penn 58m
USS Kanawha 57m
Azumasan Maru 50m
Sasako Maru 58m
RNZS Moa 40m
USS Atlanta 120m

The group will be limited to 8 and preferably all CCR to keep the cost and logistics down but if there are some OC divers wanting to join us then you're welcome also. If you can't dive to the Atlanta there are plenty of options for you or you can dive as support for the deeper dives.

The initial plan is to go in May but it's early days and nothing is set yet so if there are some of you who can't make it in May but can sometime between April-July, I can't see a problem moving the dates to suit us.

If this sounds like a trip you'd like to do and you're suitably qualified and experienced put your name down and lets make it happen.

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Old 1st February 2013, 21:44   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

Been wanting to go for a while!

I'm in if its happens during one of my rostered breaks. But I will not be in for the full trip, maybe 4-4.5 days of diving. I could be in the solomons on a tue night, dive wed-sat or sun, fly out mon night.
7-13 may
02-08 july

could possibly do june 04-10, but was going to sing to dive pow/repulse then, but that trip looks to be a wash possibly.
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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

Hi Shannon, Your dates in May look good for starters and good to see you have a bit of flexibility with June/July. I'd like to stick with May if we can so lets stay with that for now even tho you are only able to be there for half the trip.

Here's a bit of an appetizer for anyone else thinking about it.....

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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

I may be interested - would like to get more details.
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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

I've had a few PMs and it's looking positive at the moment......I need a min of 6 to spread the cost and make it viable so if there's anyone else interested please let me know so we can make it happen.

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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

Quote: (Originally Posted by Lancer4545) View Original Post
Azumasan Maru 50m
Sasako Maru 58m
USS Atlanta 120m
Max depth for the above wrecks are actually;
Azumasan Maru 88m/90m (around blown off stern)
Sasako Maru 90m (in debris field around collapsed bridge)
USS Atlanta 130m (around bow and back towards bridge)

And re your photo of 'Atlanta' above; it is actually USS San Juan CL-54, an Atlanta Class cruiser, not Atlanta (CL-51) herself.

But you are certainly right about them ALL being GREAT dives though.

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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

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USS Atlanta 130m (around bow and back towards bridge)
and the anchor chain?
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Re: Solomon Islands WWII Shipwrecks

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and the anchor chain?
Well Steve, if both my 'new' (at the time) and previously undived Uwatec depth gauges had not stopped calculating depth after I passed 99m I could tell you!

Unfortunately I was solo (on the bottom), so...........................no one else's gauges to rely on either, so.................................you'll just have to go find out yourself (and let me know how deep I really was).

Besides, that was so long ago that it was an open circuit dive, and this is a CCR forum, so I can't comment any further!

And on reflection of your first post this thread Lance, none on your list are ‘shore dives’ per se as you imply, so you may have mis-associated the two ‘deep’ wreck dives which are accessed by walking in from the shore, Hirokawa Maru (know locally as Bonegi 1), and Kyushu Maru (sometimes referred to as shallow Ruinui, or erroneously as Bonegi 3), which are in approx your above depths at their stern (as the other shore accessed Maru, Kinugawa Maru - or ‘Bonegi 2 – is only about 27/30m max depth IIRC.)

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