MAY 22, 2007

THE ORIGINS OF THE "TERROR WRECK"

 

Veteran wreck diver Mike Boring describes the origins of the wreck originally named the "Terror Wreck," now believed to be the freighter Solvang:

I first learned of the "Terror Wreck" in 1978 from Captain Bill Tattersal, who ran a charter boat out of Indian River Inlet, Delaware.  He told me he had taken a charter (Capital Divers Association I believe) to an offshore wreck.  He had never been there before and was not certain of the depth.  In those days anything deeper than 130 feet was considered "deep."  When they arrived at the wreck and realized how deep it was only a few of the divers decided they were up for the challenge.  When they returned to the surface their reports varied considerably, everything from a broken up wooden wreck, upside down barge, to an upright intact steamer.  There was only one thing in common; they were all terrified!  Hence the name - the "Terror Wreck."

I dream about exploring new wrecks and was fascinated by the "Terror Wreck".  I wondered what story it had to tell.  The wreck had all the ingredients of a great adventure - it was far offshore, it was deep, and it's identity remained a mystery.  At the time I was organizing a lot of dive trips to explore new and less frequented wrecks so I chartered Bill Tattersal in July of 1979 for a return visit to the "Terror Wreck."  I recruited some good diving friends including Jon Hulburt, Gary Gentile, Danny and Joy Bresette, Art Kirchner, Trueman Seamans and several others for the trip.  All were very avid divers and anxious to dive the wreck. The first trip was most memorable.  In all, a helm stand, a telegraph (in very poor condition), and several portholes were recovered.  We all agreed it was a steel steamer, broken up amidships with the stern fairly intact. There was some excitement on the bottom and only a small amount of terror, but that's a whole other story.

Over the next several years we dived the wreck every 4th of the July weekend.  Miscellaneous artifacts were recovered each trip. Jon Hulburt found a binnacle or polaris but it broke off the lift bag and sank back to the bottom.  Steve Gatto and Tom Packer had a similar mishap. On one trip I recovered three beer bottles with 1/3 liter 1919 printed on them. I also recovered a clay pot.  Unfortunately, we failed to identify the wreck. We always referred to it as the "Terror Wreck."  The "Terror Wreck" was a warm up dive for me before diving the Andrea Doria for the first time in 1981.

More information on the "Terror Wreck" or SOLVANG can be found HERE

MAY 1, 2007

THE REAL PAPOOSE

 

Even though it has been close to a year since the wreck of the tanker Papoose was positively identified in 200 feet of water off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, local dive shops and mainstream magazines continue to do the dive community and history a great disservice by perpetuating wrong information.  Although most have privately admitted the evidence is overwhelming, they apparently are putting the almighty dollar over historical accuracy and publicly ignore reality as to avoid alienating or confusing their customers.  

 

The bottom line is the popular shipwreck in 120 feet of water off Morehead City dive shops and charter vessels call the "Papoose" is actually the W.E. Hutton, while the shallow inshore wreck previously thought to be the Hutton is in reality the Ario. 

 

Now that the 2007 dive season is under way, WRECK DIVING MAGAZINE (WDM) and the ASSOCIATION OF UNDERWATER EXPLORERS (AUE) are presenting the article that was originally published in Issue 10 of WDM.  Read it with an open mind and decide for yourself.  We would then ask that you encourage North Carolina dive shops to revise information on their websites and briefings to their customers to reflect the true events that transpired off the North Carolina coast in 1942.

 

SCRAMBLED HISTORY:  A TALE OF FOUR MISIDENTIFIED TANKERS

 

APRIL 28, 2007

AUE IDENTIFIES THE WRECK OF THE S/V KRINGELINE

 


 

By removing extensive encrustation on the starboard bow, we were able to identify the above wreck as the sailing vessel KRINGELINE.  She rests in over 300 feet of water off Boca Inlet, Florida.  As yet, we have been unable to determine the history of this vessel.  Stay tuned....