Wreck Diving Magazine

Wreck Diving Magazine Issue 37

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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5 min.

Shipwrecks Along Lake Superior’s North Shore: A Diver’s Guide Written by Stephen B. Daniel There is a reason that every issue of Wreck Diving Magazine has at least one article on Great Lakes wreck diving - because the Great Lakes are a wreck diver’s paradise! Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes and the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, is a special place with over 350 known wrecks. Known as a place where big and violent storms can occur quickly, and having few natural harbors, Lake Superior historically has been a dangerous place for mariners. Even in modern times, Superior still takes her victims when she chooses. Where there are shipwrecks, there will be wreck divers and explorers trying to find and explore these underwater time capsules! Author Stephen…

2 min.
the sole survivor of the 1966 daniel j. morrell shipwreck dies

Dennis Hale, the lone survivor of one of the Great Lakes’ most deadly shipwrecks, died September 2, 2015, in Ashtabula, Ohio. Dennis was 75. On the very cold night of the 29th of November, facing gale force winds of 65+ miles per hour and 30-foot seas, the 603-foot-long Morrell broke in two on Lake Huron with the bow sinking in less than 10 minutes. The stern section, with lights blazing, continued on into the stormy night. The life raft located on the bow section, containing Dennis and several of his shipmates, was pitched overboard by a massive wave. Only four survivors climbed back into the exposed open raft. During the next fourteen hours, his three companions perished while Dennis managed to survive, wearing only his underwear, a peacoat and lifejacket. Finally, after…

13 min.
burdigala : emerging from the shadows

Burdigala To seasoned technical shipwreck divers, one only has to mention the destination of Greece to illicit an immediate query of “Britannic?” While H.M.H.S. Britannic undoubtedly is one of the most spectacular wreck dives in the world, another liner—one that shares an eerily similar fate with Britannic, but perhaps possesses a more interesting service history—rests in very close proximity to Titanic’s sibling and is just now emerging from the shadows. That wreck is the 600-foot-long (183-meter-long) French liner Burdigala, formerly known as Kaiser Friedrich. The waning years of the nineteenth century witnessed a competitive race, literally and figuratively, in the Atlantic passenger trade. Transatlantic carriers were focused on providing not only the fastest and most luxurious vessels to curry favor with wealthy potential customers, but also the largest vessels to allow the…

16 min.
the lady is a tramp

Jeanne It often amazes me just how far technology in our diving equipment has evolved in recent years. Sometimes it makes me angry to think that during the true “heyday” of technical diving exploration, equipment we all now take for granted was not available but was needed even more so than now! During long decompression hangs, I say over and over in my head, “Why wasn’t this gear I have on today available when I could really have used it during the early exploration years of some of these deep wrecks we discovered?” I question how much we would have discovered or seen and how much wiser would we have been. Perhaps it’s just me getting old and grumpy? I do, however, often question if some of my friends would have…

18 min.
lost & found

USS San Diego June 20, 2015 - Carrying a small box, I walked up to the front door of Joan Russell Mikkelsen’s Berkeley, California, home. Joan, her brother, Benton Russell, and other members of the family were expecting me. Inside the box was a gold pocket watch that spanned three generations of the Russell family and belonged to Joan and Benton’s father before having been lost in a shipwreck. For sixtythree years, the watch lay buried and forgotten until I happened to find it. Another thirty-four years passed before I found Joan and Benton. The morning of July 19, 1918, found the USS San Diego steaming off the south coast of Long Island, New York. German U-boats were reported to be operating in the area so the 504’, 13,680-ton armored cruiser was…

13 min.
caught in the vortex: the armistice day blizzard of 1940

Anna C. Minch, Novadoc, William B. Davock For Great Lakes sailors, the Sunday, November 10th weather forecast did not raise any concerns. The temperature had been unseasonably high in the Midwest. The storm that had begun four days earlier on the West Coast was expected to peter out as it hit the Rocky Mountains, leaving only rain over the Great Lakes. Dozens of freighters were in transit on Lake Michigan. November 11, 1940 At 3:00 that Monday morning, the 253-foot Canadian freighter Novadoc cleared South Chicago bound for Quebec with a cargo of pulpwood. Built in 1929 in England, the 11-year-old bulk carrier was under the command of veteran sailor Captain Donald Streip, with 18 men serving under him. Noticing the barometer dropping slowly, Streip chose a course to hug the eastern shore…