DECEMBER 29, 2007
CLOSING OUT THE YEAR...

Its been a while since I have been to the Florida Keys, so I made an end-of-the-year jaunt down to Key Largo to hit some wrecks.  Had a pleasant hour-long dive on the USS Spiegel Grove in the morning, and then we played on the City of Washington and the unidentified "Mike's Wreck" in the afternoon.  We have a fairly good suspect vessel for the currently unknown "Mike's Wreck," so stay tuned for a potential identification announcement...

DECEMBER 18, 2007
COAST GUARD MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON LOST ALBATROSS CG-1240

An article on the identification and memorial dedication of USCG Albatross CG-1240 recently appeared in the magazine Coast Guard.  The article can be viewed HERE.

DECEMBER 14, 2007
CATCHING UP...

It's been a while since I have been able to do an AUE website update.  Over the past several weeks we have been busy with several projects including the relining of Eagle's Nest upstream passage and presenting at the Florida Dive Show in Ft. Lauderdale.  Following the show, I did some fun dives with British diver and photographer Leigh Bishop.  Images from those dives can be viewed HERE

 

OCTOBER 3, 2007
SINKO DE MAYO 2008!

The cleanup of the USAFS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg is nearing completion, with about one more month of work. The Vandenberg is now scheduled to leave Norfolk, Virginia, around February 13, 2008.  The vessel will be tied to the city dock in Key West after it arrives in Key West. 
The proposed sink date is May 5, 2008.

 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2007
"TITANIC'S TRAGIC SISTER"

"Titanic's Tragic Sister" detailing the 2006 HMHS Britannic expedition led by Richie Kohler and John Chatterton will be premiering on Sunday, October 14th at 9:00 PM on The History Channel.  For those of you that missed it, the two-hour documentary "Titanic's Achilles Heel," which also features footage from the 2006 Britannic expedition, will air on October 14 as well, beginning at 7:00 PM.

To see trailers and behind-the-scenes footage, check out LONE WOLF DOCUMENTARY GROUP'S website.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2007
CRUISE, CRUISE BABY

SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
IDENTIFICATION OF THE "ANCHOR WRECK"

The "Anchor Wreck" is the final resting spot of an unidentified steamer in approximately 100 feet of water off Charleston, South Carolina.  The site is noted by three large anchors aft of the bow, hence the name.  Aside from scattered hull plates and other wreckage, the site is dominated by a large triple expansion engine and two boilers.

After conducting research on potential suspect vessels, we believe the "Anchor Wreck" to be the remains of the freighter Leif Eriksson.  The Eriksson was a Norwegian steamer built in 1889.  The 2,218 ton vessel was 274.5 feet in length and 38 feet in breadth.  The Leif Eriksson was bound from Matanzas, Cuba, with a cargo of sugar for Philadelphia when she sunk following a collision with the steamer City of Everett in February 1905 off Bull's Bay, just north of Charleston.  The City of Everett was a whaleback with an overhanging cigar-shaped bow, which cut into the Eriksson's hull deeply and ripped her open far below the waterline.  The Eriksson sank in less than 10 minutes.  Period newspaper articles documented she came to rest upright in approximately 14 fathoms (84 feet) of water with her masts still showing.  Based on the machinery, depth, location, recovered artifacts, and dimensions of the wreck site, we believe the Leif Eriksson is the most likely identity of the "Anchor Wreck."

SEPTEMBER 9, 2007
DIVE CARPATHIA 2007

An international team of divers just concluded an expedition to the wreck of the liner Carpathia, made famous for its rescue of Titanic survivors.  Check out their website HERE to catch up on daily events from the trip.

AUGUST 25-26, 2007
RETURN TO THE U.S.S. OZARK

Incredible dives on one of Florida's top technical dive sites!

The dive report and lots more images can be found HERE.

JULY 31 - AUGUST 4, 2007
TORTUGAS DEEP WRECK EXPEDITION

Had an awesome time with a great group of friends on the liveaboard Ultimate Getaway diving the wrecks of the Rhein, Araby Maid, Joseph M. Cudahy, and the Baja California.

 

 

A brief report and lots more images from the trip can be found HERE.  We can't wait for the next one!