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June 30 - July 2, 2006
Florida Panhandle Diving
EMPIRE MICA, CARRABELLE STEAMSHIP, RALPH E. HAVENS, DOPE PLANE, JACKSON BLUE

For the July 4th weekend, we headed up to Carrabelle to dive some wrecks off the Panhandle with Captain Kamen aboard the PRESSURE DROP.  Kamen runs a great operation and the PRESSURE DROP is an awesome ride.  We were at a loss for how to deal with so much space - perhaps next time we will start up a game of volleyball on the back deck!  With a weekend of great weather, we inspected several shallow wrecks before heading to Jackson Blue to wash the salt off our gear on Sunday.  With spectacular visibility and almost no flow at JB, what more could you ask for?! 

The tanker EMPIRE MICA has suffered a bit from the past hurricane seasons, with extensive collapse throughout the site.  Nevertheless, it is still an awesome dive.  Baitfish swarmed the wreck, and interesting wreckage extends far and wide.  Unfortunately, few boats travel to the wreck these days.


(l) Looking forward over the boilers of the EMPIRE MICA; (r) two boilers side by side.


(l) Diver over the boilers; (r) swarming baitfish made photography a bit tricky.


(l) Much of the wreck has been flattened by past hurricanes; (r) the last remaining intact tanker hold left standing amidships.


(l) Colorful encrustation on one of the MICA's boilers; (r) Copper sheathing and nails on the unidentified steamer.


(l) Old iron screw still remains on the Carrabelle steamer; (r) red grouper on the tug RALPH HAVENS.


(l) Boilers on the HAVENS; (r) the engine of the tug HAVENS.


(l) Large radial engine on the unknown airplane wreck; (r) the wreck appears to be a twin engine cargo aircraft, possibly a drug runner.


(l) Hanging out in Jackson Blue; (r) a quick photo opportunity in the cavern.