Diving on-board the SEA LION
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These Past Weeks
It’s been one heck of a summer. Since the last post the SEA LION’s made twenty sorties into the north Atlantic, hosted a group of archeologists doing commercial work, saw some of the best visibility in years and most importantly took people diving.
This Week Labor Day Weekend
Saturday the 30th – OPEN – Mohawk – Holiday weekends are always tough, folks have plans with their families but I thought I’d put one day out there should anyone want to get a dive in. I do have two signed up and certainly could use a few more to make this happen. As of right now the thinking is to head to the Mohawk but that could change based on divers interest.
Wednesday the 3rd – OPEN – Emerald 80’ Always a great wreck for digging, lobsters or just sight-seeing. The "Emerald" is probably the Hibiscus, a wood-hulled twin-screw steamer built in 1864 and commissioned into the U.S. Navy at that time. She saw service during the Civil War out of Tampa and Key West Florida. She was decommissioned in 1866 and sold in New York; later renamedFrancis Wright, then renamed back to Hibiscus. While cruising off the New Jersey coast she broke a propeller shaft, took on water, and sank in May of 1873.
Thursday the 4th – MORNING OPEN – Lobsters/Fish The destination will be determined by the interests of the divers but the focus will be on lobster and fish.
Thursday the 4th – Evening - Ocean Wreck Divers – 1830 departure These “afternoon” dives have become evening dives as it gets later in the year. These are club dives chartered through the Ocean Wreck Divers, availability would be through them.
Saturday the 6th – OPEN – Arundo 130’ The last time we were at the Arundo a few weeks ago the visibility was outstanding. In a daring shallow water attack, a single torpedo from the U-136 tore open the starboard side of the Arundojust below the bridge and blew off the hold covers. The stricken ship heeled over to starboard and sank in only five minutes. Survivors of the attack were soon picked up by nearby vessels, but her cargo of war material outward bound for the campaign in North Africa never made it. That cargo included jeeps, big 10-wheeled army trucks, 2 locomotives, and 5000 cases of Canadian beer.
Sunday the 7th – New Diver Special – Lakeland Divers- As always Lakeland will have extra hands on-board to make your North East diving experience a safe and memorable one. Lakeland reports that this dive is currently FULL and they are running a wait list but that they have scheduled another “New Diver Special” on the 21st of September
As always the SEA LION will continue to run throughout the Fall and into the Winter
NOTE: One thing to keep in mind is that OPEN destinations are really just suggestions on my part, unless the trip is scheduled as a “Special” but If you have somewhere you want to get to let me know and if we have the divers and the weather that’s where we’ll head.
For any of the OPEN boats or if you'd like to get out on any day not listed I can be reached at either 973-887-DEEP (3337) or my cell 201-401-4608 Keep in mind that although The 2013 schedule will soon be on-line there are very often additions to the published schedule.
We are always looking to put together weekday trips. If you're intersted in diving during the week, let me know which day/days work for you and we will try to put a boat together.
We have established a divers e-mail list and if you'd like to be included send the message “ please add me to the SEA LION diver list ” to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are also available for weekday dives please include the words “ weekdays also ”. If you are only available for weekday dives please include "weekdays only ".
You'll receive information about up-coming dives and trip reports.