Wreck Diving Magazine

Wreck Diving Magazine Issue 40

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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9 min.

Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers Written by V.O. van Heest On the night of June 23, 1950, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501, operating its daily transcontinental service between New York City and Seattle, flew into a severe thunderstorm squall line and disappeared forever… at least for now. The flight was carrying 55 passengers and three crew members, and the loss of all 58 souls on board made it the deadliest commercial airliner accident in American history up until that time. After nearly seventy (70) years, details are still sketchy, and official reports, while available, are much less detailed than today’s information. What is known is that the aircraft was flying at approximately 3,500 feet over Lake Michigan supposedly eighteen (18) miles north-northwest of…

2 min.

RICHMOND, British Columbia – November 14, 2016 – Shearwater Research Inc. is proud to introduce the newest addition to the Shearwater family; the Perdix AI. Using its large, easy-to-read screen, the Perdix AI clearly displays the tank pressure as well as gas time remaining (GTR) and is capable of connecting to either one or two transmitters giving the diver the option to monitor two tanks and allowing for sidemount diving. Air integration is optional for all modes, from OC Rec to CC/BO, of the Perdix AI and can be assigned to the customizable slots on the computer or accessed through the information screens. Shearwater will continue to manufacture the original Perdix as well as the Petrel2 and NERD line and will sell the Perdix AI alongside the other Shearwater products. The…

9 min.
from the debris field...

Lake Superior’s Antelope Found In the late summer of 2016, Lake Superior’s most successful wreck hunters – Jerry Eliason, Ken Merryman, Kraig Smith, and Mike Stone (see Wreck Diving Magazine #31 for their discovery of the freighter, Henry B. Smith, deep in Lake Superior), found yet another deep shipwreck: the towed schooner, Antelope, lying in approximately 400 feet (120 metres) of water off Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands. The 186-foot (56.4-metre) Antelope, originally built for the Buffalo-to-Chicago passenger and freight service in 1861 as a wooden, twin-decked, propeller-driven steamship at Newport (the town three years later renamed Marine City), Michigan, was a high-quality ship of great beauty and enormous pride. However, after being heavily damaged in a November 1881 storm, the vessel was converted (actually demoted) to a schooner-barge in 1882, and then, in…

16 min.
the million-dollar dive

Not that I knew it at the time, but I was about to make the best dive of my life - a dive to a leviathan of a shipwreck! It was a wreck that would become not just an iconic legend but also the Mount Everest amongst technical divers. This was the legendary Britannic, the largest sunken ocean liner on the seabed! Words cannot describe the dive I had on that day. The wreck was breathtakingly massive, a replica of her sister ship, Titanic, but bigger still, and completely intact. Blessed in 50m of visibility, it was a wreck diver’s fantasy fulfilled to the utter maximum. I had circumnavigated the entire wreck, riding an Aquazepp underwater scooter, breathing mixed gas from huge, twin, 20-litre cylinders strapped to my back. I had cruised…

12 min.
treasure of the sloop washington

“The cargo of this ship includes a large quantity of valuable antique chinaware worth at least $100,000 in which some of the plates alone are worth $500 each. The strong box with gold bullion and coins are worth $100,000 to $250,000.” “WOW!” I said, as a young diver reading this for the first time in one of the Great Lakes treasure books, “If I could find this ship, I could retire by the age of 30.” Forty years later I retired. In the 1960s as diving became a popular sport, authors began writing books about treasure that could be found on ships in oceans and lakes around the world. As each decade passed, new treasure book authors would typically add another “0” to the previously stated value of the goods…

13 min.
diving the shipwrecks of the egyptian red sea

The Sinai Peninsula is a triangular land bridge located between the African and Asian continents, with the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south. The Sinai Peninsula is the only Egyptian territory located in Asia as opposed to Africa. The two continents are separated by the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, providing the shortest maritime route between Europe and the countries lying in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Navigating through the canal has proven to be difficult because of the many reefs that come to the surface. Due to these reefs and acts of war over the years, there are several shipwrecks to explore in the Northern Red Sea. Nineteenth-Century Shipwrecks of the Sinai Peninsula: SS Carnatic and SS…