Diving on-board the SEA LION
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This Past Week
Sunday the 28 th – Divers Two – Brunette & Cadet - This was a fun look at these two well-known wrecks. Dan Lieb and Divers Two did a great job of explaining the history of both wrecks and along with Dan's large scale drawing and the New Jersey Historical Divers Association's Journal Vol. 6 No. 4 that chronicled the efforts to identify the Cadet and “The String Wreck“ as the John H. Winstead (the Cadet) and the Millville (the String Wreck) it gave the divers a unique perspective on what they were diving on. Interestingly in Dan's research it was reported that Capt. George Hoffman, the gentleman that I bought the SEA LION from in 1996 had named the “String Wreck” but the wreck to the east of the Cadet had always been known to me and listed by George as the Off-Shore Cadet. It was listed as broken-up and had several sets of numbers associated with it, the “winch”, the “hotel” and “low ribs” Finally after a careful look at the old book I found the word String in parentheses next to the listing for the Cadet Off-Shore. Just as a bit of a teaser there is also reference to an “In-shore” Cadet and a wreck listed as near the Cadet, I'll need to go out there on a flat day and see if there's anything left of those.
As the week progresses the weather is making this weekend look less and less promising but as with last week you never know. Last week's forecast was equally dismal but we had a perfect day last Sunday.
Saturday the 4 th OPEN – Mohawk 80' As with any of the “OPEN” dives you can call me directly at either 973-887-3337 or my cell 201-401-4608
Saturday the 5 th Lakeland – Brunette 80' Lakeland has the boat on Sunday and we'll be again heading out to the Brunette. Lakeland has two spots left and can be reached at 973-887-0194.
Saturday the 11 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 12 th Lakeland – Emerald 80' The "Emerald" wreck 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 renamed Francis Wright , then renamed back to Hibiscus . While cruising off the New Jersey coast she broke a propeller shaft, took on water, and sank. Lakeland can be reached at 973-887-0194
These will be some of the last “charters” this year but as always the SEA LION will continue to run OPEN boats throughout the Fall and into the Winter as he weather and diver interest allows
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.