Diving on-board the SEA LION
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This Past Week
Not much of a weekend, unless you count Sunday afternoon, Saturday was a rainy miserable day and the ocean didn't lay down till Sunday sometime around two in the afternoon. Needless to say we're hoping for better weather this week.
Saturday the 20 th OPEN Mohawk 80' Just seven miles out of Manasquan Inlet the remains of the Mohawk lie in 80 feet of water. The steel-hulled passenger ship, was launched in October of 1925 by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, was 387' long, 54' in breadth, and listed at 5897 gross tons. The Mohawk has not been treated well as she lay on the bottom, she originally sank on her side, was rolled upright by a storm and it was deemed not economically feasible to salvage the vessel. She was blown-up four times to demolish her to the weather deck and wire dragged to a depth of 50 feet. During WWII she was depth charged numerous times just in case there might be a u-boat hiding next to the wreck. You'd think that after all of that there'd be nothing left. but thousands of pieces of china have been recovered from her cargo holds along with numerous other artifacts.
Sunday the 21 st Lakeland Delaware 80' Lakeland has just two spaces left on this trip out to the Steamer. The SS Delaware or the Steamer has always been one of my favorite spots. Artifacts can be found by those with patience and persistence to look for them, lobsters and fish can be found and if the vis. is good it's actually a very pretty wreck. Built in 1880 in Philadelphia she was 250 feet long with a 37 foot beam.. On July 9 th 1898 a fire in the coal bunker burned her to the water line and she sank while under tow just two and a half miles out of the Manasquan inlet.
Saturday the 27 th Tridents fish and lobster The Tridents are back after several weeks off. As always we'll most likely tie in for one and do buoy dives for the rest of the day.
Sunday the 28 th Divers Two SPECIAL Historical investigation of two wrecks you thought you knew. Divers Two and Dan Lieb will be taking divers out to investigate two known wrecks not from the perspective of fish, lobsters or even artifact recovery but rather the history of these wrecks and why these and numerous other lobster snags have more to offer than just a tasty dinner. Dan's wealth of knowledge will make this a must for anyone even the slightest bit interested in the submerged history just off the coast. Divers Two can be reached at (732) 776-7755 for space and availability. Currently there are only one or two spots left so if you're interested give them a call ASAP.
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 email@example.com . 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.