Wreck Diving Magazine

Wreck Diving Magazine Issue 45

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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4 min.

Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide Written by Erik A. Petkovic, Sr. Author Erik Petkovic has done it again! He has followed up his last book, Shipwrecks of Lake Erie Volume One, with this new, informative, and well-written book, Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide. Lake Erie is a wreck divers paradise containing between 2000 and 4000 shipwrecks, more shipwrecks than any inland sea in the world. In his new book, Petkovic has profiled 19 divable shipwrecks in great detail and has ranked the dives as Deep - Technical - Trimix. As with all dive guides, this book is an informative guide only written to provide divers with information regarding the wrecks. All diving decisions, including gas mixes and dive planning are up to the individual diver. As with his previous book, author…

2 min.
in memoriam

It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I must write this column. My good friend, mentor, and a great friend of Wreck Diving Magazine, Robert “Bob” F. Marx has passed away. Most of you know Bob because he was a world-renowned underwater archaeologist, public speaker, pioneer scuba diver, author of over 50 books, and contributor of wonderful articles in WDM. Bob was famous for his truly heroic and swashbuckling adventures in his younger years when he did what most of want to do but just dream about. He was a larger-thanlife figure, a man of adventure who lived life to its fullest. An inspiration for us all! Bob influenced and motivated many people in his life to do great things. He was a world leader in marine archaeology…

12 min.
from the debris field…

Wreck divers are invited to submit short pieces of information about a shipwreck currently in the news 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 photograph or two, for future issues of Wreck Diving Magazine. Please send them to joe@wreckdivingmag.com Drinking Shipwreck History Just in case divers didn’t think exploring shipwrecks was exciting enough, there is now another reason to go wreck diving: to find vintage beer and have it scientifically recreated from its original yeast…

16 min.
skeletons in the sand

The thrill of shipwreck discovery is often found beneath the water. The excitement of discovery, whether you are the first diver or the most recent, comes as you drop down in the ocean or at the bottom of a lake or river. That being said, diving, especially for wreck divers, comes with the expectation that at some time, you will find a wreck down there. Ships sink, after all. What most people do not expect, especially the non-diving public, is that beachcombing also leads to shipwreck discovery. If you stop to think about it, it’s almost natural that you’d find a wreck on the beach. Tales of shipwrecks include numerous accounts of ships crashing ashore, driven by a gale, or driven into the rocks or sand by crews who lost their…

27 min.
shedding light on a dark sinking – the manasoo!

In the summer of 2017, a well-equipped dive boat with three determined divers on board searched patiently for a shipwreck in Lake Huron’s lower Georgian Bay, running parallel tracks over the water with approximately 1000 feet (300 metres) of distance between each set of lines, lines that were several miles long. Ken Merryman and Jerry Eliason, both from Minnesota, working with Michigan police diver Jared Daniel, covered many square miles of deep water, finding interesting geological formations at depths of 300 to 400 feet (90 to 120 metres), features such as underwater cliffs suddenly dropping 80 feet (24 metres), and other unusual formations, the nature of which could not be determined. Yet they were clearly not shipwrecks. Ken is a highly trained technical diver who, for decades, operated his boat for…

6 min.
the anglo-patagonian

The ship This 5017-ton, gross tonnage cargo ship was built in 1910 by Short Brothers Ltd. from Sunderland, England, for Nitrate Producers SS Co., Ltd. The hull, made of riveted metal sheets, was 123.4m long and 16.09m wide. Four boilers fed the quadruple expansion engine and she could reach a speed of 10.7 knots. The story The Anglo-Patagonian left New York at the end of June 1917, bound for Bordeaux. The 45 crew members were commanded by F. W. Richardson. She was loaded with copper bars, mechanical parts, 220-mm shells, horses, and nitrate - all these being essential elements for trench fighting. Thinking it would save time, the captain made up his mind to leave the convoy. The crew was on the lookout for the least hint of a German attack. Unfortunately, The UC72,…