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    new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Ran out to investigate a wreck in the Gulf of Mexico at the invite of a couple fishermen. It was a long 150 nm run, but thankfully we had flat calm seas for the whole trip. After a couple tries we got our shot secured and prepared for the dive. After scootering down into a moderate current for a couple minutes, my eyes adjusted to the dim light to view a beautiful steamer resting upright on the bottom in approximately 400 feet of water. The wreck had significantly collapsed inwards on herself, with only the aft portion still moderately intact. The stern was sheared off, with the fantail collapsed into a pile of debris, most likely from slamming stern first into the bottom. While we were able to inspect the entire site in fantastic visibility, our bottom time ended way too soon. We definitely will be back soon in hopes of identifying this awesome mystery shipwreck!
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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Very, very cool! Congratulations on the find, and great pictures! I'm just curious- what kind of bottom time are you doing at that depth?

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Smith  View Original Post
    Very, very cool! Congratulations on the find, and great pictures! I'm just curious- what kind of bottom time are you doing at that depth?
    ~20 mins.

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Mike, Care to share your process on the angles of attack your thinking about for identification.....?

    i.e. what were the defining features and what are your next steps...

    -Tim

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Quote Originally Posted by netmage  View Original Post
    Mike, Care to share your process on the angles of attack your thinking about for identification.....?

    i.e. what were the defining features and what are your next steps...

    -Tim
    Good question. I was hoping this would be the NORLINDO, and identification would be easy. Now I am pretty sure this is an older vessel (~1910-1930 perhaps), and likely one that disappeared en route from say New Orleans to New York or something, so finding good information linking this vessel to a specific reported sinking event will likely be difficult. However, I did see one fairly unique feature that should help. The bow section has a very distinct anchor pocket that you don't see too often. Instead of your standard hawse pipe on the hull of the vessel, this wreck has a rectangular recess cut into the hull to accept the anchor up flush in the pocket. All this being said, however, and we will likely depend on an artifact recovery to help identify the vessel. There was china and some navigational equipment observed on the wreck that we plan on inspecting further.

    I will have more information in an article to appear in WRECK DIVING MAGAZINE, and then in ADM.

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Quote Originally Posted by barney  View Original Post
    Ran out to investigate a wreck in the Gulf of Mexico at the invite of a couple fishermen. It was a long 150 nm run, but thankfully we had flat calm seas for the whole trip. After a couple tries we got our shot secured and prepared for the dive. After scootering down into a moderate current for a couple minutes, my eyes adjusted to the dim light to view a beautiful steamer resting upright on the bottom in approximately 400 feet of water. The wreck had significantly collapsed inwards on herself, with only the aft portion still moderately intact. The stern was sheared off, with the fantail collapsed into a pile of debris, most likely from slamming stern first into the bottom. While we were able to inspect the entire site in fantastic visibility, our bottom time ended way too soon. We definitely will be back soon in hopes of identifying this awesome mystery shipwreck!
    Michael,

    Absolutely stunning! Very cool! Please keep us updated!

    Warm regards,
    Randy

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Ill say it again B those pictures are just awesome.!

    Dago.

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Been working on a potential identification all evening - think I have it nailed down 90-95% confidence. Waiting on a couple archival images to put the final nails in the coffin.

    This is an A-W-E-S-O-M-E shipwreck story with so many fascinating layers. It even involves another wreck I helped to identify several years ago. Crazy.

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Wow that was quick! What an incredible find and the viz in the pictures is awesome. Congrats.

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    Re: new deepwater virgin shipwreck explored

    Looks like a great dive! We are all excited to hear more. I won't be able to make it out diving for at least a week so it is fun to read about other divers exploration.

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