Shilshole Wrecks

This forum consists of a listing of dive sites, including directions and other essential info. Plan your dive, dive your plan.
Post Reply
ohopdiver
Aquaphile
Posts: 184
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:22 pm

Shilshole Wrecks

Post by ohopdiver » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:30 am

Sonar Image of site including Omar, the Rock, Barge and Vertical Barge:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/100424548@N07/9581444334/in/set-72157635208337810

ohopdiver
Aquaphile
Posts: 184
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:22 pm

Re: Shilshole Wrecks

Post by ohopdiver » Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:24 pm

ImageShilshole Wrecks by ohopdiver, on Flickr

With recent interest and discussion of this site I decided to see if I could post this image properly.

A bit of history and background: The two barges sank together in 1976. The larger one appears to be a former WWII LSM or LSMR converted after the war to bulk carrier. They were used to haul gravel from Steilacoom to Kenmore. One barge would be tide to the Shilshole buoy while the other was taken through the locks to Kenmore. This was repeated on the return trip. The same company, Pioneer Towing, lost similar barges off 4 Mile Rock in 1973 and another in south sound in 1982.

User avatar
LCF
I've Got Gills
Posts: 5697
Joined: Tue May 30, 2006 5:05 pm

Re: Shilshole Wrecks

Post by LCF » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:20 am

Thanks for posting this! We recently tried to dive this site, specifically the Omar, and ended up finding nothing but the big rock. The sonar picture gives me an idea of where we were and what we were doing.
"Sometimes, when your world is going sideways, the second best thing to everything working out right, is knowing you are loved..." ljjames

User avatar
CaptnJack
I've Got Gills
Posts: 7758
Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:29 pm

Re: Shilshole Wrecks

Post by CaptnJack » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:31 am

LCF wrote:Thanks for posting this! We recently tried to dive this site, specifically the Omar, and ended up finding nothing but the big rock. The sonar picture gives me an idea of where we were and what we were doing.


I can email you the exact numbers for the Omar if you need them. You can easily swim between the Omar and the big rock if you have reasonable vis and a compass to get the basic direction right.
Sounder wrote:Under normal circumstances, I would never tell another man how to shave his balls... but this device should not be kept secret.

User avatar
LCF
I've Got Gills
Posts: 5697
Joined: Tue May 30, 2006 5:05 pm

Re: Shilshole Wrecks

Post by LCF » Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:03 am

We were diving off a charter boat and got dropped off the wreck -- the captain had given us a rough heading for where he thought the wreck was from the anchor, but we tried it and failed to find it. We surfaced, and he dropped us again; we found the rock, and stayed there, because at least it was something to look at :). Viz was about ten feet, so we weren't going to see much unless we swam into it.
"Sometimes, when your world is going sideways, the second best thing to everything working out right, is knowing you are loved..." ljjames

User avatar
CaptnJack
I've Got Gills
Posts: 7758
Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:29 pm

Re: Shilshole Wrecks

Post by CaptnJack » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:11 am

LCF wrote:We were diving off a charter boat and got dropped off the wreck -- the captain had given us a rough heading for where he thought the wreck was from the anchor, but we tried it and failed to find it. We surfaced, and he dropped us again; we found the rock, and stayed there, because at least it was something to look at :). Viz was about ten feet, so we weren't going to see much unless we swam into it.


Sorry to hear that. I can take you back sometime if you want to see them. Pick you up at Shilshole even.

I haven't been there since we moved to Kitsap almost 5 yrs ago so its about time I go back.
Sounder wrote:Under normal circumstances, I would never tell another man how to shave his balls... but this device should not be kept secret.

User avatar
LCF
I've Got Gills
Posts: 5697
Joined: Tue May 30, 2006 5:05 pm

Re: Shilshole Wrecks

Post by LCF » Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:35 pm

I did the Omar once, several years ago, off Scott Christopher's boat. We did one of the barges and swam the line to the Omar. I thought the tug was a much more interesting dive than the barges, but we didn't get to spend much time there because we had already spent so much swimming over. I'd love to go do it again.
"Sometimes, when your world is going sideways, the second best thing to everything working out right, is knowing you are loved..." ljjames

Post Reply