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Wreck Diving Magazine

Issue 44

Wreck Diving Magazine is about diving into the world’s history, underwater. Shipwrecks as you’ve never seen them, and stories as you’ve never heard them. Beautifully photographed and written by some of the world’s best wreck divers. WDM is an exciting quarterly scuba diving magazine by divers, for divers.

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wreck ommendations

Florida’s Lost Galleon: The Emanuel Point ShipwreckEdited by Rodger SmithFlorida waters have long been considered a treasure hunters’ paradise as there are many Spanish Galleons and other historical vessels that have met their fate and wrecked there over the years. These wrecks and the special cargoes they are rumored to have been carrying have been a siren’s song for treasure hunters and history enthusiasts for years, with each group trying to find a “virgin wreck” and maybe do some treasure hunting!For a while, treasure hunting was a viable business option, and some have struck it rich and, in the process, unearthed some great historical treasures. Others are still looking for the lost wrecks and hoping to find a gold or silver coin or gold bar or perhaps an elusive emerald.…

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from the debris fieldw….

The U-20, which sank both the RMS Lusitania and the RMS Hesperian in 1915, came to a comparatively quiet end in 1916. (U.S. Library of Congress)Wreck divers are invited to submit short pieces of timely information about a shipwreck in their general area. Perhaps there is not enough information, or not enough archival and/or underwater images, to submit it as a full-length article, so this From the Debris Field… column becomes the ideal venue for a short piece. This, however, does not preclude it from becoming a full-length article in the future.We welcome short, written submissions, ideally, but not necessarily, accompanied by a photo or two, for future issues of Wreck Diving Magazine. Please send them to joe@wreckdivingmag.comThe RMS Hesperian, a seven-year-old ocean liner transport when lost off Ireland in…

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the yacht gunilda

Lighting up what’s usually in darkness: the wheel, binnacle and telegraph on the Gunilda’s flying bridge.The Gunilda has been said to be one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the Great Lakes according to many divers. The wreck sits in 270ft/82m in Lake Superior’s dark depths. It took years to build up the experience I’d need to finally visit the wreck, but it was worth it beyond words can describe, so it’s a good thing I’m a photographer!I still consider myself young at 35, but after 23 years of active diving and traveling all over the world, to both Poles, six continents, and every Great Lake, I still have a personal wish list of locations I want to document, and the Gunilda has been at the top of it. I…

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curse of the albatross

Having reached the stern section of the wreck, I knew many champagne bottles could possibly be found there, apparently still with their wire and lead-sealed numbers stamped and clearly visible. During the early exploration dives when this wreck was first discovered, quantities of fine examples of perfectly preserved pottery were recovered, and, from time to time, still come to light as the sea uncovers them each season. This summer was no different and divers were discovering, inspecting, and photographing numerous artifacts that had become visible from the shifting sands of the winter past.As I watched other divers approach the stern section, I could see from their lights that the wreck had begun to peter out slightly, as well as having become more significantly damaged and lying flat to the contours…

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capsized on lake ontario!

The beautiful, three-masted schooner, Burt Barnes, wrecked in Lake Ontario in 1926, was thought to have been found by wreck hunters in 1976. (Kohl-Forsberg Archives)Of all the Rae Brothers, John achieved the greatest prominence with his Arctic explorations (see “From the Debris Field…” on page 11.) However, he also had a ship built on Lake Ontario for further Arctic explorations – but with tragic results. (Kohl-Forsberg Archives)It makes sense to clear up, as early as possible, a misconception about a sailing ship named the R. H. Rae – namely the source of its name. One maritime attempt made at this feat in the modern era suggests that the ship was “named after and owned by a well-known Arctic navigator of the time.” Although close, this statement wins no cigar.Mr. Richard…

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sea hunt - myth and imagination

Mike Nelson befriends Londos, “The Best Hardhat Diver in Tarpon Springs,” and his beautiful daughter, prior to a scuffle with Dallas actor, Larry Hagman.Sea Hunt’s Mike Nelson took us where we only dreamed about: sea monsters, mermaids, Blackbeard’s treasure, a sub with Hitler’s body. We saw mysterious Mayan pools, a sacred alligator, and a mystical drug that could cure men’s minds. There was a tale of survival at sea in the tradition of In the Heart of the Sea and references to Moby Dick and The Count of Monte Cristo.Sea Hunt illustrates mythology in the tradition of serious works of literature. Cousteau taught us the lore of the ocean. Mike Nelson gave us myth and imagination, and Lloyd Bridges’ acting brought his character to life. Mike Nelson’s boat was the…