Archive for the 'Wrecks' 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

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

Thistlegorm Wreck Dive

Wednesday 8 November 2006 @ 1:31 pm

Thistlegorm: Battleship, Red sea – Depth 18 – 30mThistlegorm wreck dive

An amazing dive, which has been voted one of the Top Ten Dives in the World.

You’ll need to do this one more than once to explore more than a tiny part of the wreck.

Thistlegorm is Gaelic for Blue Thistle. A British vessel, it was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941 whilst carrying a cargo of war supplies: rifles, motor bikes, train carriages, trucks. A big wreck – 131 metres long. Currents can be strong, and in different directions at the surface and at the wreck.

Check out the following underwater footage of the deck of the Thistlegorm

Thistlegorm <<See the Thistlegorm on its launch day

Diving Yongala Wreck

Wednesday 8 November 2006 @ 1:17 pm

In 1911, in Queensland Australia, the Yongala sank during a treacherous cyclone, killing 122 people, a racehorse called Moonshine and a red Lincolnshire bull. She had no telegraph facilities and so could not be warned of the weather ahead. In 1981 the Yongala was given official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act. The ship is 90 km southeast of Townsville, 10 km away form Cape Bowling Green. She is arguably the best dive in the world.Yongala wreck diving

109 meters long, the bow points north and the ship lists to starboard.

The vessel was named after a small town in South Australia. In the local Aboriginal language, ‘Yongala’ (originally pronounced Yonggluh) meant ‘broad water’, or ‘broad wide watering place’. It was launched on the 29 April 1903, and left Southampton on 9th October. Carrying passengers bound for Australia, it arrived in Sydney on 6 December 1903. More information is at

You see manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, clouds of fish and spectacular coral. You are forbidden from entering the ship: one diver was recently arrested and fined for doing so.

Check out footage of the beautiful marine life there: