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June 17-19, 2006
Outer Banks Wreck Diving
MANUELA, PROTEUS, "Oregon Inlet Tanker"

Weekend plans had me headed to Charleston to return to an unknown shipwreck we have been working to identify, but literally at the very last minute I opted to head to the Outer Banks due to a questionable forecast off South Carolina.  Below are images from dives to the MANUELA, PROTEUS, and the wreck of a unidentified tanker previously thought to be the British-built SAN DELFINO, but is now known to be a tanker of American origin. 


(l) Remains of the MANUELA's superstructure; (r) diver over the stern section of the MANUELA.


(l) Debris field on the MANUELA; (r) diver next to the condenser on the MANUELA.


(l) Peering into the midships section of the MANUELA; (r) sand tiger shark on the PROTEUS.


More PROTEUS sharks...


(l) Winch on the PROTEUS; (r) covered hatch forward of the bridge on the tanker previously thought to be the SAN DELFINO.


(l) On the deck of the unknown tanker; (r) damage to the tanker hold forward of the engine.


(l) An exposed boiler on the unidentified tanker; (r) diver on the low pressure cylinder exhaust for the triple expansion engine.


(l) Single screw of the tanker; (r) massive damage to the starboard side of the tanker hold just forward of the bridge.