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by 60south
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Exploded 50cal
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Exploded 50cal

NWDC Hive Mind, we need your help. We keep pulling up goofy things from Port Townsend Bay. The last dive included this spent 50cal casing that appears to have blown up! The question is, under what circumstances would a cartridge blow up like this, where the casing is expanding outward? Does that imp...
by 60south
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: what compass do you all use?
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: what compass do you all use?

Hose-mounted near the SPG.

Wrist real estate is in short supply, with a computer, light and dry gloves already there. Retractors never quite live up to my expectations. What I really want is a HUD compass in my mask...
by 60south
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 335247

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Port Townsend yesterday, 6/20: 1ft in the shallows, opening up to a spectacular 8ft at depth. Woo-hoo.
by 60south
Wed May 27, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 70940

Re: The Bottle Thread

Very cool soda bottle! Now I'll be looking for those in PT...
by 60south
Fri May 22, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Divers face long-term health impact from COVID-19
Replies: 8
Views: 1223

Re: Divers face long-term health impact from COVID-19

Just a friendly note to say that R0 is an imperfect estimate, at best, and the current estimates put it at around 2.2-2.7.
by 60south
Mon May 18, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 335247

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Sunday 5/17: Point Hudson: 0-20ft, mucky soup 6 ft vis. Better below, 15ft vis.
by 60south
Sun May 03, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Diving as lockdown phases out
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: Diving as lockdown phases out

Octopus Gardens in PT has been filling tanks, but hours are irregular and calling-ahead is generally required; the shop is closed, but tanks can be dropped off and picked up out back.

Point Hudson was empty today -- very good to get in the water!
by 60south
Sun May 03, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Point Hudson on May 2nd
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: Point Hudson on May 2nd

Love it! Good pics.

We were out bottle hunting in the same area today, saw a red octopus out hunting. Very cool.
by 60south
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Elephant Seal in Anacortes
Replies: 5
Views: 1107

Re: Elephant Seal in Anacortes

Quick tip for dealing with marauding elephant seals (especially the big bull males):

Use a tarp held between two people. Hold it high. The size of the thing intimidates the seals, and bulls will [often] back off when something is bigger/taller than themselves.
by 60south
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 335247

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Rockaway Park: Norrander's Reef, Bainbridge Island
Tom Nic wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:39 am
RT Bill wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:28 am
Dove our local Rockaway last weekend. 35 to 40 foot viz with social distance diving.
Apologies, but I am brain farting here - where is Rockaway? :tomnic:
And 35-40 ft vis? WOW!
by 60south
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Diving during the lockdown
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Re: Diving during the lockdown

Port Townsend is a ghost town, no crowds here. You could quite easily park anywhere and suit up and dive Point Hudson without any problem. I wish I was diving yesterday-- took a walk downtown to the docks and the water was super clear.

I imagine Rockaway is still accessible too.
by 60south
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 70940

Re: The Bottle Thread

A quick shout out to Don at Octopus Gardens Diving who kindly filled my tanks today despite the shop being otherwise closed! Hey, one more note on the antique ammo. Despite having spent a long time under the salt, those cartridges are in quite good condition. It’s possible that the primers and necks...
by 60south
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 70940

Re: The Bottle Thread

Hey, 60South! I love what a bored and knowledgeable group mind can do when it comes to finding info!!! No idea *when* they were submerged, but they are identified now. Most awesome! Thanks, I figured there's enough history and gun buffs out there that we could figure this out. I love all the medici...
by 60south
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 70940

Re: The Bottle Thread

Perhaps it’s off a British or Canuckian vessel and the stripper clip is .303 Lee-Enfield. Can one of the rounds be removed from the clip so you can look for the head stamp? There's writing but it's mostly corroded away. I took wire brush and sand paper to a couple... I can read "18" and a star, may...
by 60south
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 70940

Re: The Bottle Thread

JimbobAK wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:19 pm
Found a couple good ones today, my 1st Dr J Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters and for you Seattle guys a Claussen Brewing Assn beer bottle.
Nice! Where are you finding these?
by 60south
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 70940

Re: The Bottle Thread

Well, something a little different today from Port Townsend. Live ammunition, circa WW I? And a few older bottles, the two on the right are probably from the 1890's.
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by 60south
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: On our way to the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Re: On our way to the Pacific Northwest

Dominick Gheesling wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:43 pm
... will be moving to Portland this summer and I am looking forward to experiencing cold-water, marine life and environments soon.
Hi Dominick!

Welcome. You've come to the right place. :norris:
by 60south
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Trashure Diving in a lake
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: Trashure Diving in a lake

A+!

Funny comments.
by 60south
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Did you lose your gun?
Replies: 3
Views: 971

Re: Did you lose your gun?

I suggest turning that in to the police.
by 60south
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 02-02-2020 - Don't Drive Angry....
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Re: 02-02-2020 - Don't Drive Angry....

There, fixed it for you. :tomnic:
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by 60south
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Cabo Diving
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

Re: Cabo Diving

Cabo is surprisingly good given all the development. Rays, sea lions, and swirling tornadoes of yellow tails were just a few of the sights. If you get the opportunity, take the day trip to La Paz to snorkel with the whale sharks and dive at the islands. Highly recommended. Manta Diving, and others, ...
by 60south
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: New Year's Dive at Point Whitney
Replies: 3
Views: 834

New Year's Dive at Point Whitney

A really great turnout, and fantastic weather (considering the forecast) at Point Whitney on 1/1. The dive and potluck was put together by Octopus Gardens Diving in Port Townsend. Water temp 45F, vis at depth 20-25 ft, with GPOs, flatfish, thousands of shrimp, and a sea lion cruising through. :pirat...
by 60south
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Logs??
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: Logs??

Looks like the bay in Port Angeles, filled with dead heads from years of logging.