circa 1787 copper Deer Head Shield token was found while metal
detecting a lake in Eastern Long Island on February 22, 2009.
What makes the token interesting is that after 30 years of diving
this token has the same emblem and text "E Pluribus Unum" as another
artifact recovered just a few months earlier. What are the odds?
The Wreck Valley ran to the G&D and Tarantula last Sat. Had
excellent vis 20-30'. Not much has changed on the G&D. We anchored
just forward of the break near her spare propeller. A few lobsters
came up. Next we ran over to the Tarantula. This wreck is almost
completely buried. All that remains is her engines, and a few small
pcs. What a shame! I remember when the Wahoo could put 20 divers on
this wreck and everyone would go home with lobsters. Now two divers
would be bumping into each other.
On sun Capt. Ed Slater ran to the Oregon. They had a great trip. He
reported that not much has been moved around from winter storms.
This Thurs night Capt. Dan as well as other Captains from the EDBA
will be presenting a show on Shallow Water Shipwrecks for LIDA at
NUMC. Show starts at 8pm. for details
Next wk end we will be heading out with a group from Tiedimans
Capt. Ed Slater ran
the Wreck Valley to the Tarantula wreck on Sat. They had calm seas
and excellent bottom conditions. Divers reported that surface vis
was near zero but about 20' off the bottom vis picked up to over
20'. Jimmy Faz was rewarded with a nice birthday present following
his first dive of the season. Next wk end (weather permitting) the
Wreck Valley will head back offshore.
to Be Him
We found this guy high up on the marsh outside Freeport's Nautical
Mile last wk end. No boater wants to see anyone run aground but its
not often that we see someone this much out of the water.
Photo by Capt. Dan
friend Nancy recently suffered a broken back after falling from a
horse. George has been updating us.
"Nancy is progressing well. She has been disconnected from all her
extraneous hoses and paraphernalia and is out of bed much of the
day. She hasn't taken any pain meds for a couple of days and reports
that she is feeling good. She has also been walking quite a bit and
we expect her to be discharged either tomorrow or Monday at the
latest to complete her recovery at home. Her Mom is coming in
tomorrow to assist toward that end till next weekend. Your continued
prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated.............George"
Nancy please know that the Capt's and crew of the Wreck Valley wish
you a pain free and speedy recovery. By the way, I got a big kick
out of the Wreck Valley shirt you are modeling.
Noaa Weather predicted 25-30 knot winds we woke up this morning to
find only a light breeze and a little bit of fog. Did not hear any
other dive boats on the radio. We had flat calm seas and decent vis.
We ran to the Iberia wreck. Wanted to do
some more digging after Ed recovered his deck prism last month. Nice
day was had by all. We ended up staying for two dives. I found a
1800's vintage bottle, and little lobster. Nick dug up some crate
ends. Most were in good condition with writing still legible.
Sun the Wreck Valley ran to the Iberia Wreck. We had to break a
little ice in the creek on the way out. Surface conditions were not
the best. Unfortunately, forecasted NE wind was no where to be
found. Instead we had 15-20 knot wind out of the SW. Seas ranged
from 2-4' and increased as the day went on. Underwater vis was only
5' but it was still an excellent day on the ocean. Capt. Ed Slater
once again proved his ability to produce artifacts. This time he
found an intact deck prism!!. Rob Urban came back aboard with an
intact wine bottle. Not a bad start to the 2008 season.
Congratulations to Capt. Ed and Rob.
On Sun the Wreck
Valley ran its 2nd charter of the year. An open boat charter to the
Arnoff Wreck. Forecast was for
increasing wind from the NE. Temperature was actually a little mild
for this time of the year. We had to break a little surface ice in
the creek as we headed out in the morning. Otherwise Mother Nature
was good to us. Surface waves ranged from 1-3' . Bottom conditions
were absolutely great. The Arnoff Wreck is not know for great
visibility. We had almost 30' horizontal vis on the bottom. This was
the best bottom conditions I have seen on this wreck in years. It
was actually very nice to see the entire wreck from about 20' off
the bottom. A large section of the bow has completely collapsed and
a large pipe with bollard attached has rolled into the main wreckage
away. This wreck the unidentified bow section of a large wood
schooner. Only a short distance away is the stern section of a
similar size wood wreck The Coal
Barge. I could never connect the two because the Arnoff is brass
pinned and the Coal Barge is steel pinned. On this dive I caught one
decent size lobster but it had eggs. Temperature on the bottom was
in the 40's which is not bad for the end of January! After the dive
we turned on the cabin heat, cooked up lunch on the BBQ then headed
for home before the predicted afternoon Gail Force winds began to
kick up. The Wreck Valley will continue to run winter trips as long
as the creek is not frozen solid and winds permit us to get
offshore. If you have a drysuit you are welcome to join us for some