Archive for the 'Underwater oddities' Category

USS Oriskany Pensacola

Friday 25 May 2007 @ 2:04 am

Named after the Battle of Oriskany in the American War of Independance, August 1777, Oriskany sailed out of New York harbour on 6ht december 1950.

She saw action in Korea, Vietnam
Oriskany was used for making the film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954),

Oriskany was decommissioned 30 September 1976 and laid up for long-term storage in Bremerton, Washington. At the end of the Cold War and the subsequent reduction of the U.S. Navy’s active force, Oriskany was recognized as being obsolete and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1989.

The Navy announced 5 April 2004 that it would transfer the former aircraft carrier to the State of Florida for use as an artificial reef for recreational purposes. In September 2003, the Navy awarded a contract to Resolve Marine Group / ESCO Marine Joint Venture for the environmental remediation work necessary for sinking the ship as an artificial reef.

The flight deck of Oriskany currently lies at a depth of 130 feet (40 m), and its carrier island rises to 70 feet (21 m). The island structure is accessible to recreational divers, however, the flight deck is beyond recreational diving range.

Displacement: As built:
30,800 tons

USS Oriskany Pensacola

SCUBA Diving pets

Thursday 12 April 2007 @ 1:58 pm

This movie clip is amazing.

Watch the guy teaching his cat to dive with SCUBA gear on!

USS Saratoga Diving Bikini Atoll

Friday 17 November 2006 @ 4:36 pm


USS Saratoga

USS Saratoga

The USS Saratoga is the largest diveable shipwreck in the world, and the only available aircraft carrier. The ship measures 880 feet long. (3 buoys: bow, stern and bridge).



Bikini Atoll is located in the centre of the Pacific and is one of the 29 atolls and 5 single islands that form the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Bikini Atoll is best known for its role in a series of nuclear tests conducted by the US in the 1940s and 1950s.
USS Saratoga was finished in 1927, an American aircraft carrier 880 feet in length, with displacement 39,000 tons. She rests in Bikini’s lagoon at a depth of 190 feet. The bridge is easily accessible at 40 feet, her deck at 90 feet, and the hanger for the Helldivers at 125 feet. These Helldivers and bombs are still on display complete with all dials and controls. Saratoga had a fuel capacity of 63,200 barrels of fuel oil, 249 barrels of diesel oil, and 132,264 gallons of gasoline. Fuel and ammunition loads during test BAKER were 10% of capacity and 67% capacity respectively. She was reported sunk by the Japanese seven times during World War II. She received seven battle stars.

Bikini Atoll

Bikini Atoll

View the BBC filmstrip: The Atomic Wrecks

Champagne Pools Dominica Snorkel Diving

Friday 10 November 2006 @ 12:28 pm

Champange pools dominicaSomewhere not far north of Soufriere lies a fascinating area for snorkel divers.

In this geothermal region if you swim out to the correct spot about 20 yards offshore you can find the Champagne pools. Here bubbles are streaming up from the sea bed. If you swim down to 3m depth yo uwill find the shimmy from hot water vents between the rock. This is an absolutely amazing dive. It can be tricky to find, but any of the dive operators in Soufriere should be able to give you directions.

Check out this footage, but I must point out that the bubbles were a lot more active when I last visited: