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Japonia  Morze Wschodniochińskie, rafa Sunabe Sea Wall  Tsuji Beach 
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Dodano: 29.04.2013 13:39:56
baracuda_smile空港や国際通りからも近く、那覇市内唯一の海水浴場として人気の「波の上ビーチ」の西側、「波の上緑地」に「那覇シーサイドパーク」が4月27日にオープンしました! 更衣室やシャワー、トイレなど施設が整っており、エントリーしやすいスロープも。講習や体験ダイビングに便利なほか、ニシキテグリなど生物も充実しており、これから人気がでそう。詳細は改めてPADIのウェブサイトでも紹介予定なので要チェック!
Airport and close to the Kokusai-Dori, Naha Seaside Park opened as a bathing place in the city only. "on the West of the"popular naminoue Beach"wave"green 4/27! Also equipped facilities such as changing rooms, showers and toilets, and easy entry. Organisms such as Alastair also boasts convenient addition training and scuba diving from this popular so. Stay tuned because more are presented too PADI website again! (Translated by Bing)
Stany Zjednoczone  Ocean Spokojny, przylądek Key West 
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Dodano: 13.07.2012 06:01:06
baracuda_smileBy Cammy Clark - KeysNet

Long before GPS, the coral reef tract that runs along the Florida Keys routinely sank unsuspecting ships. Storms also blew boats into the hard, shallow structures, contributing to a massive underwater graveyard.

An American schooner named Kate, the British brig Lion and the French ship Cora Nelly all met their demise on this popular marine trade route. So did the Spanish warship Arcuana and the Winchester, a British man-of-war captained by John Soule that hit a reef so hard it tore a hole in its hull in 1695.

"It's a fascinating world out there of all the shipwrecks in our own backyard," says Brenda Altmeier, a support specialist for maritime heritage resources at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Some shipwreck sites have been well known for decades. The Winchester was discovered in 1938 and was the subject of a National Geographic article. But the whereabouts of many of the sunken vessels -- or what little is likely left of them -- remain a mystery.

Key Largo-based ocean explorer Ian Koblick and his partner Craig Mullen are hoping to change that by conducting the first comprehensive survey of the Keys ocean floor.

"We're treasure hunting for cultural jewels," Mullen says.

They began by dusting off a 1988 report by researcher Judy Halas, who spent endless hours scouring 18 volumes of admiralty records, newspaper articles and other sources to document 877 ships that were lost, bilged, saved, sunk, rammed, stranded, "ashore" or torpedoed in the waters of the island chain.

Koblick and Mullen are attacking the shipwreck project with technology -- sidescan sonar, subfloor profiler, magnetometer, remote-operated vehicle -- along with their decades of expedition and underwater experience.
Mariany Północne  jez.  
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Dodano: 07.06.2012 13:12:57
baracuda_smileUSS Saratoga CV-3
Commissioned in 1927, an American aircraft carrier 880 feet in length and weighs 39,000 tons, it rests in Bikini's lagoon at a depth of 190 feet. Her bridge is easily accessible at 40 feet, her deck at 90 feet, and the hanger for the Helldivers at 125 feet. These Helldivers and bombs are still on display complete with all dials and controls. Saratoga had a fuel capacity of 63,200 barrels of fuel oil, 249 barrels of diesel oil, and 132,264 gallons of gasoline. Fuel and ammunition loads during test BAKER were 10% of capacity and 67% capacity respectively. She was reported sunk by the Japanese seven times during World War II. She received seven battle stars.
Eight hours after the waves created by the atomic Baker blast rolled over her, New York Times correspondent Hanson W. Baldwin wrote this epitaph as he watched the Saratoga sink slowly beneath Bikini's lagoon: "There were many who had served her in the observing fleet and they fought with her through the long hot hours as the sun mounted. Outside the reef...the observing ships cruised, while the Sara slowly died. There were scores who wanted to save her-and perhaps she might have been saved, had there been a crew aboard. But she died a lonely death, with no man upon the decks once teaming with life, with pumps idle and boilers dead. From three o'clock on she sank fast, her buoyancy gone, as the fleet kept the death watch for a 'fighting lady.' The Sara settled-the air soughing from her compartments like the breath from exhausted lungs. At 3:45 p.m. the starboard aft corner of her flight deck was awash; then the loud speakers blared: 'The water is up to her island now; the bow is high in the air.' She died like a queen-proudly. The bow slowly reared high; the stern sank deep, and, as if striving for immortality, the Sara lifted her white numeral 3 high into the sun before her bow slipped slowly under. Her last minutes were slow and tortured; she fought and would not sink, but slowly the 3 was engulfed by the reaching waters, the tip of her mast was the last bit of Sara seen by man." Unless, of course, you are a diver fortunate enough to be visiting Bikini Atoll! The USS Saratoga is the largest diveable vessel in the world, and the only aircraft carrier available for diving. 880 feet long. (3 buoys: bow, stern and bridge).
See the special Saratoga Picture and MPEG Movie page!

Read ,"Been There-Done That", a story by Captain Robert B. "Bob" Gohr. In World War II Bob landed airplanes on the deck of the USS Saratoga. In 1996 and 1999 [when he had his 75th birthday "aboard" Sara!] he ventured back to dive on his former ship in Bikini Atoll's lagoon.

Download Three Views of USS Saratoga Poster (101K) as the aircraft carrier rests on Bikini's lagoon. While some of the small print may not be readable, it gives one an idea of what to expect when diving on the ship. The USS Saratoga is BIGGER than the Titanic! Copies of this poster are available at the Bikini Atoll Online Store.

Now available from the Bikini Atoll Online Store: USS Saratoga POSTERS & T-shirts!
The USS Saratoga bridge begins to collapse after two nuclear weapons blasts and 60 years underwater... 10/17/2006 "I report with great sadness that on Tuesday October 17th 2006, one of the greatest ships at Bikini Atoll, maybe even the world, began to finally show her age. The Mark 37 Gun Director on top of the island / bridge structure of the USS Saratoga started to collapse into the elevator. Unfortunately, diving anywhere near this section of the ship will have to at times be limited or even cancelled. It turns out that this is a slow, ongoing process and it may take a considerable amount of time for the ship to stabilize. However, the majestic, awe-inspiring and astounding beauty of the USS Saratoga can still be experienced by the dives we arrange on her if conditions don't allow for penetration diving."
-Divemaster Jim Akroyd, April, 2007


Update, January 2008: The Mark 37 Gun Director on the top of the USS Saratoga bridge shears off and plunges into the elevator shaft. Diver is shown below where the gun director used to be.

HIJMS Nagato
The Japanese Flagship to the Japanese Navy, she was Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's floating fortress during Japan's World War II attack on Pearl Harbor and was a treasure to the Japanese forces. Japanese Naval historian Masanori Ito wrote: "When World War II began, the Japanese Navy-the third most powerful in the world-included some of the mightiest ships in naval history and was a force worthy of the pride and trust of the Japanese people. Then, in less than four years, this great war machine fell from glory to oblivion. Of ten battleships riding in Hiroshima Bay in December of 1941, nine were sunk. The lone survivor, the Nagato, died at Bikini as a target in an atomic bomb test." The 32,720 ton battleship is at rest upside down in 170 feet of water; her bridge is accessible at 150 feet, the hull and monstrous props at 110 feet. The Nagato was built by Kure Naval Dockyard, launched on Novemver 9, 1919, and completed on November 25, 1920. She was reconstructed in 1934-1936, with torpedo bulges, increased elevation for main armament, aircraft crane, etc. After this refit, Nagato had 10 Kampon boilers, driving 4 sets of Kampon turbines developing 82,300 shaft horsepower (shp) for a speed of 25 knots. Her fuel bunkerage was now 5,650 tons of oil, giving her a radius of 8,650 nautical miles at 16 knots. Her new dimensions were 725' 9" long at the waterline, 113' 6" beam, 32' 2" draught. Her normal displacement was 39,130 tons, 42,850 tons at full load. She carried a crew of 1,368. In June 1944 she was known to be fitted with radar. By October 1944 her armament consisted of 8 x 16"/45, 18 x 5.5"/50 [guns that were later removed], 8 x 5"/40, and 98 x 25mm AA guns. Her displacement had by now increased to 43,581 tons full load, and as a result her maximum speed was 24.98 knots. By the end of the war she had had her main mast and funnel removed for camouflage purposes, as she was holed up in Sagami Bay near Yokosuka. Fuel and ammunition loads during both ABLE and BAKER tests were, respectively, 15% and 10% of capacity. She is upside down in the water and an incredible dive with her four massive screws appearing like an underwater Stonehenge. 708 feet long. (2 buoys)
See a small U.S. Park Service sketch of the Nagato as she rests on Bikini Atoll's lagoon.

Copies of the Nagato BLUEPRINT Poster are available at the Bikini Atoll Online Store.

Read The Final Voyage of the HIJMS Nagato Battleship, a journal entry by Mr. Fred Herschler, a crewman who helped sail the Nagato from Japan to Bikini in 1946.

For more information on the Nagato, the Sakawa and other Japanese WWII ships, visit the Imperial Japanese Navy Page.

Now available from the Bikini Atoll Online Store: Nagato T-shirts!

USS Arkansas BB-33
A 29,000 ton American battleship that survived two world wars had a fuel capacity of 37,779 barrels of fuel oil, 119 barrels of diesel oil, and 4,000 gallons of gasoline. The Arkansas took part in the Presidential Naval Review in the Hudson River, October 14, 1912 and then carried President William H. Taft to the Panama Canal Zone for an inspection of the unfinished canal. On April 22, 1914, she assisted in the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico. In December of 1918 she formed part of the escort carrying President Woodrow Wilson to France. In World War II, the Arkansas escorted convoys across the Atlantic. She remained in European waters for the invasion of Normandy where she performed yeoman service at Omaha Beach, the bombardment of Cherbourg and the invasion of southern France. She then moved to the Pacific to participate in action at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Arkansas, at rest almost completely upside down in Bikini's lagoon in 170 feet of water, received four battle stars for her service in World War II and was sunk by BAKER. 562 feet long. (1 buoy)

More historical info about the USS Arkansas

Historical info re the Arkansas on the Naval Historical Center Homepage
Now available from the Bikini Atoll Online Store: Nuclear Fleet Dive Team Iron-on Patches!

USS Carlisle AA-69
A merchant craft named after a county in Kentucky, she had fuel capacity of 9,695 barrels of fuel oil and 375 barrels of diesel oil. She made three voyages to the west coast from Hawaii and Japan and shorter passages among South Pacific islands. She sits upright on the bottom and is guarded by a magnificent school of skip jacks; and there is almost always a shark siting on this ship. The ABLE blast split her open so she makes for a sensational penetration dive. Fuel and ammunition loads during test ABLE were 95% of capacity. The Carlisle was sunk by the ABLE blast. 426 feet long. (1 buoy).

Now available from the Bikini Atoll Online Store: The History Pack [two award winning historical videos that have archival and underwater footage of the ships, and a book about the Bikinians that also contains information about the dive program and the ships]

USS Lamson DD-367
The American destroyer Lamson received five battle stars for service during World War II. She was used to search for Amelia Earhart in 1937 in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. She was deployed from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, in the unsuccessful search for the Japanese Task Force that bombed Pearl Harbor and later served throughout the Pacific until the end of the war. Her fuel capacity was 3,600 barrels, her diesel oil capacity was 110 barrels, and she was at 50% capacity for both fuels and ordnance when she was sunk by ABLE. Her hull provides a great example of the power of a nuclear explosion as it is horribly twisted and damaged. She is a Bikini divemaster favorite. 341 feet long. (1 buoy).

USS Apogon SS-308
An American submarine with normal fuel capacity of 54,000 gallons, and an emergency load of 116,000 gallons. She made eight war patrols sinking three Japanese vessels totaling 7,575 tons. Her first patrol was out of Pearl Harbor in November of 1943. She later patrolled from Majuro to Midway and was part of Operation Galvanic during the invasions of Tarawa and the Gilbert Islands. Working off Formosa, she ran in a wolf-pack known as the "Mickey Finns" that sunk 41,000 tons worth of Japanese vessels toward the end of the war. She received five battle stars and was sunk by BAKER. She now appears perfectly upright as if ready to drive away on the bottom of Bikini's lagoon. Eric Hanauer of Discover Diving commented, "The shadowy silhouette of Apogon's conning tower, completely enveloped by glassy sweepers, is one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen underwater." 312 feet long. (1 buoy)

USS Anderson DD-411
An American destroyer that received ten battle stars during World War II. She served as a carrier screen in the Coral Sea, Midway, the Solomons, Guadalcanal, and Tarawa. Always on the frontlines, she was with the Lexington CV-2 and the Yorktown CV-5 aircraft carriers when they were sunk in battle by the Japanese. She was also with the USS Wasp and the USS Hornet when they were sunk in WWII. In 1943, in Wotje Atoll in the Marshall Islands, she got hit with a 155mm shell that killed the captain and five officers and wounded another 18 men. She carried 2929 barrels of fuel oil and 168 barrels of diesel oil and was at 95% of capacity of both fuel and ordnance when she was sunk by ABLE and is now at rest on her side in Bikini's lagoon. 348 feet long. (1 buoy)
USS Pilotfish SS-386
An American submarine with normal fuel capacity of 54,000 gallons, she made five war patrols during WWII. Fuel and ammunition loads during test BAKER were 95% of capacity. She received five battle stars, patrolled the Northern Marianas, Bonin Islands, the East China Sea, and the southeast coast of Japan. She was featured in ABC's World of Discovery Emmy nominated production about Bikini Atoll, "Forbidden Paradise." She is on her side and half-buried in the sand. 312 feet long. (1 buoy).

Below: The Pilotfish as it rests on Bikini Atoll's lagoon [US Park Service]

HIJMS Sakawa
The Sakawa, a Japanese ship, was built in Sasebo Naval Dockyard, and launched on April 9, 1944. She was the only vessel of its class to survive the war. Nominal armament 6 x6"/50 (interestingly, these guns were refitted secondary weapons from earlier ships, like the Kongo-class battleships), 4 x 80mm AA, approx. 61 x 25mm AA, 8 x 24" torpedo tubes, 16 depth charges, 1 catapult, and 2 floatplanes. Length 563 feet at the waterline, 571 feet overall, 49' 10" beam, 18' 5" draught.

She had 4 shaft geared turbines from 6 Kampon boilers for 100,000 shp and 35 knots and carried 1,405 tons fuel oil for a 6,300 nautical mile radius at 18 knots. The Sakawa was surrendered to the U.S. at Maizuru in August of 1945, then used for repatriation duties until taken to Bikini where she was sunk by ABLE with an unknown fuel load and apparently no ordnance. 532 feet long as she rests in Bikini's lagoon in an upright position. (1 buoy)


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Ships Not Buoyed at the Bottom of Bikini Lagoon

4 - LCT-414
LCT-812
LCT-1114
LCT-1175
LCT-1187
LCT-1237
LOM-60

The aforementioned "L" vessels were landing craft with little known history. Some were sunk in the lagoon, some were towed to sea and sunk after the tests, and at least one was "obliterated."

ARDC-13 - A small repair dock.
Gilliam - A merchant vessel
YO-160 - A concrete oil barge
Japonia  Taka Diving Service 
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Dodano: 28.05.2012 04:46:18
baracuda_smileNathan Kaempfer Thanks for the hot dive tip it was a great source. So the full report, flew into Miyako at sunset, stayed at a hostel near their "Kokusai Street" (3000Y/night), rented a car (3000Y/day), picked up tanks (1000Y/tank if referred by Taka Dive Shop otherwise 2000Y/tank) actually very difficult to find tanks we had to go straight to the wholesale gas company (most people do the all inclusive boat dives 12000Y/day which includes lunch and three tanks), we drove south towards Kurima Island as locals said best place to beach dive. It is a 1K swim from the west facing beach to get to deep waters. We opted to stay in the shallow near the finger style reefs near the beach as they are full of life (Eels, lobster, sea turtle, tons of life). Then we drove to Boragawa Beach almost all the way to the light house on the southern cape. Definitely recommend this dive, it was extremely low tide so we walked the reef out and jumped in (careful many crown of thorns here) but the reef is from 5-10ft below surface to 65 ft at low tide. There are networks of "tunnels" and cracks in the reef that made this an incredible dive allowing you to stay at 50 - 65 ft and cruise near the sandy bottom. Felt a lot like cave diving in many places. Then when you are finished get rid of the tanks and swim east along the shore line (you can kayak or walk if the tide is low enough) and there is a famous cave right at the same beach that has limestone formations and a fresh water stream/waterfalls inside. The rock is like velcro so you can cilmb in and up no problem. You have to swim into the cave and at high tide you might not be able to spot the opening very easily. There are many locals taking tours there so you can follow them. Then we drove the rest of the island and I left that night. I recommend getting involved in the local drinking tradition. Don't ask me why there is a German Cultural Center out their either. Good times, good livin!
Stany Zjednoczone  Ocean Atlantycki, półwysep Lookout Shoals  Queen Anne's Revenge AKA Blackbeards 
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Dodano: 11.03.2012 08:15:56
baracuda_smileBlackbeard
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Edward Teach
c. 1680 – 22 November 1718

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
Nickname Blackbeard
Place of birth (presumed) Bristol, England
Place of death Ocracoke, Province of Carolina (in present North Carolina
Years active 1716–1718
Rank Captain
Base of operations Atlantic
Commands Queen Anne's Revenge, Adventure

Edward Teach (c. 1680 – 22 November 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne's War before settling on the Caribbean island of New Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined sometime around 1716. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop he had captured, and the two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. Their numbers were boosted by the addition to their fleet of two more ships, one of which was commanded by Stede Bonnet, but toward the end of 1717 Hornigold retired from piracy, taking two vessels with him.

Teach captured a French merchant vessel, renamed her Queen Anne's Revenge, and equipped her with 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate, his cognomen derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies. He formed an alliance of pirates and blockaded the port of Charleston, South Carolina. After successfully ransoming its inhabitants, he ran Queen Anne's Revenge aground on a sandbar near Beaufort, North Carolina. He parted company with Bonnet, settling in Bath Town, where he accepted a royal pardon. But he was soon back at sea and attracted the attention of Alexander Spotswood, the Governor of Virginia. Spotswood arranged for a party of soldiers and sailors to try to capture the pirate, which they did on 22 November 1718. During a ferocious battle, Teach and several of his crew were killed by a small force of sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

A shrewd and calculating leader, Teach spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image to elicit the response he desired from those he robbed. Contrary to the modern-day picture of the traditional tyrannical pirate, he commanded his vessels with the permission of their crews and there is no known account of his ever having harmed or murdered those he held captive. He was romanticised after his death and became the inspiration for a number of pirate-themed works of fiction across a range of genres.
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1 Early life
2 New Providence
3 Blackbeard
3.1 Enlargement of Teach's fleet
3.2 Blockade of Charleston
3.3 Beaufort Inlet
3.4 Pardon
3.5 Alexander
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Dodano: 23.11.2011 02:09:48, Edytowano: 23.11.2011 02:26:09
baracuda_smileTokai Maru

This Japanese feighter was sunk in Apra Harbour on August 27th 1943. She had already been attacked by one US submarine seven months earlier and was resting up when the fatal attack was launched by another submarine.

She is large, at over 135m and lies in 35m of water, listing heavily to port. A tordedo blew a hole in the number 3 port cargo hold and it was this damage that almost certainly sunk her. The holds still contain some interesting relics including beds and truck frames. The engine room is enormous and the two engines and catwalks are intact. The deck house at the stern still contains some depth charges - do not attempt to touch these!

One amazing feature of this site is that the Tokai Maru rests next to the SMS Cormoran, a German merchant raider that was scuttled in 1917. The two ships actually touch and this is the only place in the world where two vessels, from different conflicts, do so.

The Cormoran is 90m in length and lies in 35m of water. The best way to approach her is to follow the midsection of the Tokai Maru until you see the vessel at 22m. The hull is intact and the engine room easily accessable through skylights.

TOKAI MARU & CORMORAN-This is definitely a one-of-a-kind dive site...there is a WW I German ship (the Cormoran) and a WW II Japanese ship (the Tokai Maru, of course) which are actually in contact with each other. I've read that this is the only place in the world where this is the case. This site is especially popular with visiting military divers. In most cases, it is done from a boat, but I've done it from the beach, when I have divers who REALLY want to see it, and don't mind the 20-minute plus surface swim to & from the wreck! A brief bit of history (don't worry, there's no test!)...the Cormoran was "scuttled," that is, sunk by its own captain, after US forces took over Guam during WW I and told the captain "gimme your boat," or words to that effect. The Japanese ship was actually sunk during battle, and damage from the bombing can be seen on the ship. While the harbor bottom here is around 100'/30m, the top deck of the Tokai Maru is about 50'/14m, while the Cormoran is a bit deeper...60'/18m. Both ships are resting on their sides. While shipwrecks don't have the abundant fish life of the reefs, you'll usually see schools of
Fusillears, and sometimes big Puffer or Porcupine Fish, and this Batfish, ready to have my finger for lunch! As with all shipwrecks, don't try to penetrate the dark interior (outside passageways & rooms are ok) without proper training. The inside of ships often have decades of fine silt built up, and a stray kick will reduce visibility to almost nothing...making it difficult to find your way back out. Email me & I'll tell you a story of why this is a bad idea!

The only wreck in the world where you can touch a WWI wreck and WWII Wreck!
Japonia  Ocean Spokojny, półwysep Katsuran  Darlene's Cargo Wreck 
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Dodano: 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
Japonia  Ocean Spokojny, półwysep Katsuran  Darlene's Cargo Wreck 
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Dodano: 11.01.2011 04:42:44, Edytowano: 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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Dodano: 25.04.2009 01:23:38
baracuda_smileFor pictures and more information on the Southern Ryuku Islands check out diving.marine.mepage.jp/index_...
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Dodano: 19.04.2009 02:16:03
baracuda_smileCheck out my blogs on Scuba Board.
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Dodano: 07.04.2009 11:10:26
baracuda_smileOkinawa, Japan was the site for the second largest beach landing in history only second to Normandy, France. The difference is that Okinawa, was almost entirely US Forces verses Normandy, France had combined allied forces. More US Navy ships were sunk in the battle of Okinawa, than any other Navel skirmish. This is due to the nearly 7000 Japanese Kamikaze suicide pilots that dive bombed the US fleet. As divers we are still finding the remains of this battle just off shore. We find everything from coke bottles from 1945 to 1000lb Japanese sea mines. Last week I found 2 X bombs/torpedoes/extra gas tanks, that were 8' long x 24" wide with fins that were found off of the west coast of IE Island/Okinawa Prefecture/Japan. The battle of Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) started 1 Apr 1945. The Marines landed north of the Hija River (green bridge on HWY 58 and/or the red bridge) and the US Army landed south of the Hija River. I have taken the original invasion map and I have overlaid it over modern google earth. The link to see this product is on scuba board.

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Dodano: 06.02.2009 10:18:38, Edytowano: 18.04.2009 23:38:07
baracuda_smileThe 1000lb Japanese Sea Mine was blown yesterday at 1030. The blast wave went 75' in the air. In the video you can see a zodiac rubber boat to the left of the blast.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHGYkI... You Tube Video
Or my You Tube web site at www.youtube.com/baracudasmile

Enjoy,

Baracuda Smile
Japonia  Morze Wschodniochińskie, rafa Torii Beach  Devils Cove 
baracuda_smile 
Dodano: 29.01.2009 12:18:10
baracuda_smileI found a 1000lb Japanese Sea Mine from WWII 1945. Divers beware the Japanese will detonate the Mine.

For widest dissemination. The Yomitan Village Government is asking for
cooperation for disposal of unexploded ordnance by the Japanese Maritime
Self Defense Force, at a point in the water area off Torii Beach and Kadena
Marina around 10:30 on February 5, Thursday. The area of a
3,000-meter radius from the detonation point
(26゜21.6' N and 127゜44.0' E, 20 meters deep) will be off limits from 09:00
till completion of the operation (around noon). With inclement weather, the
operation will be done at the same time on February 6, Friday 2009.
Japonia  Morze Wschodniochińskie, miasto Onna Village  OSERSNIOIACTC 
baracuda_smile 
Dodano: 18.01.2009 13:06:41
baracuda_smileOSERSNIOIACTC is an acronym that stands for: Okinawan Subtropcal Enviorment Remote Sensing National Institute of Informatation and Communication Technology Center
Japonia 
baracuda_smile 
Dodano: 03.01.2009 00:49:44
baracuda_smileHere is a short list of English Speaking Dive shops on Okinawa, Japan above and beyond Military dive shops. Which are:

US Marine Corps. Tsunami Gear www. mccsOkinawa.com Courtney 622-9795, Camp Foster 645-4206, Camp Hansen 623-7717, Camp Kinser 637-2027.

US Air Force Kadena Marina 634-6344 Kadena Marina Scuba Locker

Kadena Marina has boat trips to the Kerama's and has a second port at Okuma Resort

US Army Torri Scuba Locker 644-4290 TORII TRAINING

Civilian Dive Shops...

North of Nago Boat Charters Hedo Dome, USS Emmons, IE Island northofnago@ezweb.ne.jp 090-3790-2924 ask for Chuck

Oki Diving Seragaki Onna Village okidiving@gmail.com CPT David 090-5290-9232 CPT Chris 090-9788-0282

Far East Marine Dive Company fareastmaridiveco@gmail.com 090-9786-0543

Reef Encounters International http:reefencounters.org info@reefencounters.org 098-995-9414 090-1940-3528

O2 Dive Okinawa www7.ocn.ne.jp/%7E02dive 098-956-7791 mobile 090-5389-7275

Asian Dive Tours Asian Dive Tours! Contact: 098-964-4007 or 090-5025-3153 and ask for Nancy or E-mail asian_dive_tours@hotmail.com

Blue Ocean Scuba Blue Ocean Scuba 090-3123-7903 ask for Thomas 080-3978-3885 ask for Gerry

Viamare Formally Fathoms Diving
TEL :098-956-8108 FAX:098-956-8440 FAX :098-956-8440

Open Coast Home - Open Coast 1Ž·866Ž·OCTŽ·DIAL/310Ž·433Ž·6653

Japanese Dive Shops:

A Calm Sea Celsius
Ana Hotel&resort Ishigaki
Ana Hotel&resort Onna Village
Back Drop Okinawa
Benthos Divers
Blenny Diving Service
Blue Field
Blue Try
Blue Zone
Butterfly Dive Ocean
Celsius Club
Coconut Ishigaki
Coral Calm
Dive Kids
Divegelende Mogucyaoclub
Diving Service Joy Joy
Diving Service Kafuu
Diving Service Sun*island
Diving School Umicoza
Diving Shop Dord Okinawa
Diving Shop Lion Fish
Diving Supplyer Smile
Diving Team Cool
Diving Team Unarizaki
Divingproject Jic Kumejima
Eco Guide Cafe
Fun Fun Dolphin
Grand Blue
Hula Dive Miyako
Island Club
Island Message
JAL Hotel and Resort Okuma
Kaifu Divers
Kumasan No Diving Shop
Liberte Diving Service
Loco Marine Service
Manza Beach Hotel
Marea Miyakojima
Marine Club Berry
Marine Club Nagi
Marine Palette
Marine Product
Marine Star
Marinehouse Ie Island
Mmc
Moon Beach Diving School
Mother Earth
Naha Marine Sports
Naha Sea Marine
Nankuru Diver's Okinawa
Ocean Trip
Ok Marine Club
Okinawa Adventure Company
Okinawa Diving Shop Suimy
Okinawa J.boy Diving Club
Okinawa Marine Point
Okinawa Ocean Divers
Panari Marine Club
Paradise Club
Peace Blue
Pushynushima Ishigaki
Reeffers Ocean Sports
Sea Max Diving Club
Seamens Club Resort Hotel
Southern Reef Okinawa
Southward
Tomsawyer Marine Shop
Yumeya Marine Club
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