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baracuda_smile 
Added: 11.01.2011 04:44:25
baracuda_smileDate: Monday, January 10, 2011, 9:27 PM
GOOD MORNING SCOTT,
I'M GOING TO HAVE ERIC HELP W/ SOME OF THE DETAILS, AS WELL.

Darlene, Do you have the lat/long for the wreck?

ERIC, HELP? IT WILL BE AN APPROXIMATION BECASUE WE DON'T WANT TO DISCLOSE EXACT. DUE EAST OF AWASSE FOR ONE HOUR.

Do you have the exact date for the wreck?

I'LL LOOK IN MY LOG BOOK, BUT 2009.

I need the approximate dimentions for the wreck.

WE COULDN'T SEE THE MIDDLE/END. WE FEEL AS LONG AS THE EMMONS, FOR SURE.

The depth the wreck, forcastle and to the sand.
TOP WAS AT 220', COULD NOT FIND FORCASTLE
APPROXIMATE DEPTH TO SAND IS PROBABLY 300'

The conditions of the wreck the vis, currents, waves, surge surf, water temp, air temp, ect.

VIS = 50-80', NO CURRENTS THAT DAY DURING SLACK TIDE,, NO WAVES/SURGE
WATER TEMP WAS 69F (I WORE DRY SUIT, CHUCK WORE WETSUIT - MAYBE 5MM), AIR TEMP WAS 69-75'F BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MORNING.

The name of the wreck, any history to the wreck.
NO NAME AVAILABLE
POSSIBLE HISTORY: POSSIBLY CONVERTED DESTROYER TO SOMETHING BECAUSE THE DECK WAS CLEAN. POSSIBLY SUNK DURING THE WAR. NO RECORD BY THE JAPANESE COAST GUARDS. POSSIBLY ONE OF THREE WRECKS IN THE AREA.

The date the wreck was sunk. Any other information that you would think is helpful.
SCOTT, IF YOU PUT ALL, EVEN THOUGH IT IS VAGUE, IT WOULD SATISFY ME BECAUSE I JUST WANT THERE TO BE A RECORD THAT OUR TEAM DOVE IT.

I'M GOING TO TRY ANOTHER DIVE FEBRUAR/MARCH W/ KONDO-SAN.

DARLENE
baracuda_smile 
Added: 11.01.2011 04:42:44, Edited: 11.01.2011 22:44:29
baracuda_smileEric.Eckman, Chuck, Kurtis, Susan, Darlene Fong
Hi Scott!
Here are the facts of the dive along with some photos. Larger res photos may be available if desired. Do you have the lat/long for the wreck? From Google Earth: 26 23’ 00” N 128 02’00” E Roughly 3 miles East South East of Ike-Shima. This is a guestimate based on southwest wind with Ike off our starboard aft quarter. It is unlikely one could locate this wreck with this information. Chris Pancoast knows the exact location and all dives should be undertaken with him on his boat due to his experience finding and fishing on the wreck, and his knowledge of the ocean currents in this area of Okinawa.
Do you have the exact date for the wreck? Date of the wreck is unknown; however, it shows similar decomposition traits to that of the Emmons, so I suspect it is from that era (my opinion).

Dive info: 31 Jan 2010, Dive Time 1022; dive duration – 51 minutes; descent time: 9 minutes; time on bottom 4 minutes; Equivalent Narcotic Depth at max depth: 85 feet
Width is approximately 40 feet; length is unknown at this time – we had ~75’ viz and could not see the superstructure from the bow.
Top of the forecastle was 215, main deck at 225, and to the sand was 250 to 270.
VIS = 50-80', NO CURRENTS THAT DAY DURING SLACK TIDE,, NO WAVES/SURGEWATER TEMP WAS 69F (Eric and Darlene WORE DRY SUITs, CHUCK WORE WETSUIT - 5MM), AIR TEMP WAS 69-75'F BECAUSE IT WAS cloudy/raining ALL MORNING.
True name unknown: Wreck named in honor of first dive team lead to dive it: Darlene’s Wreck
Date of the wreck is unknown. The wreck appears to be a cargo ship that is lying in sand and shallow reef patches very exposed to the water column. Age is unknown; it is not a charted wreck according to Japanese Coast Guard. Possible three wrecks in the area according to Chris Pancoast, Boat Captain. This wreck was discovered by Chris Pancoast who has successfully fished it. He inquired of the wreck to the local coast guard and they were unaware of any wreck in this area. Chris reported a suspect structure to Darlene who organized the first exporatory dive on the wreck. Dive team included: Boat Captain Chris Pancoast, Dive Team Lead Darlene Fong, Dive Team Supervisor Chuck DeCesari, Dive Team Photographer Eric Eckman, Safety Support Divers Kurt Reese, and Suzan Gada. Qualifications recommended to dive Darlene's wreck include PADI full Trimix or equivalent with experience to 250 feet or more. Do not attempt this dive on air; the depth of the main deck is beyond air toxicity limits, the open ocean exposure, and unpredictable nature of the dive site make dive's within Tec Deep air limits unreasonable. Perhaps future exploration of the wreck and it's superstructure will find otherwise. This awesome dive was capped off by a porpoise frolicking around the dive boat once we reboarded from the dive. Congratulations to Chris and Darlene for bringing this lost ship to light again!

Cheers! Eric Echman
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Dive spot
Darlene's Cargo Wreck
Port side looking aftForecastle

Nearby city: Katsuren
Dive spot category:
  • wreck (ship)
Length: 86m (283ft)
Width: 12m (40ft)
Draught: 5m (15ft)
Launching date: ?
Sink date: ?
Wreck quality:

Bottom type: sand
Recommended dive types:
  • technical diving
  • wreck diving

Access to dive spot from boat
Depth: 66m-82m (215ft-270ft)
Visibility: 3m-15m (10ft-50ft)
Temperatures
Summer
Air 33°C (92°F)
Water 30°C (86°F)
Winter
Air 10°C (50°F)
Water 20°C (68°F)

Best period for diving:
january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november, december
GPS
26°23.033'N (26°23'02"N)
128°05.917'E (128°05'55"E)
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