Wreck Diving Magazine

Wreck Diving Magazine Issue 42

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.

The Lost Intruder The Search for a Missing Navy Jet Written by Peter M. Hunt On November 6, 1989, a US Navy Grumman A-6E Intruder, a twinjet, mid-wing, all-weather, attack aircraft, based at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, experienced a total hydraulic failure that affected the main landing gear and caused the crew to lose control of the aircraft. The airplane crashed off the Washington coast in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, seven miles from NAS Whidbey Island. Luckily, both crewmembers, Commander H. D. Starling (pilot) and Lt. Col. S. Eagle (bombardier/navigator), safely ejected before the crash and were rescued uninjured. The Navy mounted a robust search for the missing aircraft, using four ships with advanced sonar systems and ROVs but, due to bad weather, rough seas, and bad underwater visibility, the Navy gave…

2 min.
introducing jw fishers’ new proton 5 marine magnetometer

JW Fishers has specialized in the design and manufacture of underwater search equipment for almost 50 years. We’re proud to be releasing our new magnetometer in early 2018. We listened to our customers and have designed a 5th generation magnetometer with many new features; The NEW Proton 5 is a top performing, microprocessor driven, marine magnetometer detection system: - The system is fully digitized and displays the current 5-digit measurement on a new easy to read 6-inch LCD screen that is backlit for night operations. Up to 80 of the previous measurements are displayed graphically in a history plot on the screen. User friendly menus allow easy configuration of all operation settings. - System tuning is now possible directly from the control box. The new “auto tuning” feature greatly simplifies set-up when operating…

9 min.
from the debris field...

Wreck divers are invited to submit short pieces of timely information about a shipwreck in their area. Perhaps there is not enough information, or 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.com USS Indianapolis Found! Many people first heard the tragic story of the USS Indianapolis from the 1975 movie, Jaws, in which a toughened character named Quint (played by Robert Shaw) recited details about his survival of that sinking that compelled him…

5 min.
“the weight belt” -- cargo from ancient times!

Invitation In April 2011, I was invited for the first time to dive with Eddie Huzzey and Tony Goodfellow, who had found a virgin shipwreck in the Dover Straits. It was a wooden sailing ship, laden with a rich cargo from ancient times. They called it the “Weight Belt,” because someone had lost his weight belt on the first dive. They asked me if I was interested in coming over to document their find. Within minutes, I had my ferry booked, and the next weekend, I was on my way to dive this special site! First investigation Tony had investigated the site, as well as some of the recovered and reported items in order to discover the name of the ship. Tony has been diving the wrecks in the Dover Straits for more than…

19 min.
the atomic ghost fleet: the wrecks of operation crossroads

The first shots of the Cold War were two atomic blasts at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946, 2500 miles west of Honolulu. The blasts, Able and Baker, were part of a planned, three-detonation test of the atomic bomb. Designated Operation Crossroads, the blasts were to pit the newly-developed bomb against America’s arsenal of ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons, military equipment, and some 5000 test animals to see what could survive an atomic blast. Under the command of Navy Admiral William H.P. Blandy, Joint Task Force One (JTF-1) assembled a fleet of 242 ships, along with 42,000 military personnel and civilian scientists, and converged on Bikini. Relocating its local population with promises of an eventual return and an appeal to the highly religious Bikinians that the weapons tests were God’s…

26 min.
a bad omen: the tragic twists of hms olympus

For as long as people have set out upon the water, seafarers have been a superstitious lot, wary of bad omens, and blaming ill fortune on powers beyond the realm of mere mortals. Inexplicable events meld with nautical lore, serving as explanations when no logical answer will fit. Bad luck to those who set sail on Friday the 13th, whistling on board a vessel will bring ill winds or no winds at all, killing an albatross is as bad as being a Jonah, and never leave dock without your mascot or lucky charm. In this nether region of myth and superstition, we delve into the story of one the most tragic wartime losses for Britain’s submarine service, the sinking of His Majesty’s submarine Olympus. A New Design, the “O” Class In May…