Hyde - $90.00
The Hyde is a 215' ocean going hopper dredge. It was built in 1945 in Wilmington Delaware and is the only dredge to circumnavigate globe. Its primary function was to keep waterways open for Naval ship traffic. It was sunk by NC Division of Marine Fisheries in 1988. The Hyde is one of the most popular wrecks in our area. It sits intact and upright on the bottom with a lot to see. During the summer months this wreck gets over run with sand tiger sharks which make for incredible dives. Nurse sharks, sandbar sharks, turtles, and barracuda are not uncommon either.
Rosin Wreck - $150.00
The Rosin Wreck probably sank sometime before or during WWII. She was listed on the Gentian Chart done during WWII. First dived in 1984 to retrieve an anchor, a snapper boat had lost. We have not found anything to give clues to her name but one diver on our charters found a deck fitting with what looked like Dutch writing on it. The hull was intact in the 80's when she was found but the bow has begun to collapse since hurricane Fran.
ESSO Nashville - $150.00
Sunk by a German U-boat (U-124), the Nashville was a 445ft. steam tanker. Carrying oil, a torpedo hit the starboard side on March 21 1942 lifting the ship out of the water. The 29 crew abandoned ship as the bow fell off and sunk to the sand to its final resting place Today the Nashville's bow is about 38 miles off Masonboro inlet. It sits in 110ft to 115 ft of water making it a fairly deep dive. The foreword part of the ships bow is in pretty good shape but the more you go aft it starts to break up. There have been artifacts pulled from the wreckage, mostly brass. This wreck is home to a few varieties of tropical's like hogfish, angelfish and damefish.
John D. Gill (WR-4)- $125.00
The tanker the John D. Gill was torpedoed on March 12, 1942 by the German U-Boat the U-158. She sank in 90 feet of water about 22 miles from Carolina Beach Inlet. It is only 60 feet to the deck of the wreck, making this a good dive for beginning wreck divers and any diver wanting the longer bottom times a shallower dive provides. Farb says this about the dive: The tropical marine life on the ship is fantastic. Among the many species at the site are slipper lobsters, moray eels, blue angelfish, butterflyfish, anemones, corals, and sponges. Barracudas can be seen on just about any dive, and occasionally a sand tiger shark or two may be present. Amberjacks are often in the vicinity of the wreck, while sea turtles, manta rays, and mackerels are less common. The corals, sponges, seafans, and sea whips make the Gill a naturalists paradise. The Gill is relatively intact, adding to the impact of the wreck. This is a great dive, highly recommended.
Frying Pan Tower - $150.00
The Frying Pan Shoals are a long, shifting area of shoals off the coast of Cape Fear in North Carolina, United States. The shoals have been a hazard to ships in the area since the beginning of European exploration of the area; the area is littered with shipwrecks. The southern edge of the shoals have been marked by a lightship (which is now a popular attraction in, oddly enough, New York), a light tower and a buoy. From May 1994 to August 2008, over 130 new shipwreck locations have been discovered in the area encompassing Frying Pan Shoals. The area is also a great fishing destination. The light tower was sold to Shipwrecks Inc. in March 2009 for $515,000. The company plans to conduct a dive school there, along with oceanographic research. The Tower is in about 50ft. of water and is a good fishing destination. It is also home to many species of marine life.
Megalodon (MEG) Ledge - $150.00
Carcharodon Megalodon was a giant shark that lived between 2 million and 16 million years ago. Little is known for sure about these giant predators because all that remains of their existence are fossilized teeth. These giant shark teeth range in size from 3 inches long to 7 inches long. They are massive things that can be bigger than a man’s hand. To put this in perspective a large great white shark measures about 20 feet long and weighs a little over 2 tons. A tooth from a shark like this is about 1.5 inches long. These teeth can be found off shore in Carolina Beach and we can take you to them. The dive is in about 115ft of water so nitrox is recommended. We also require a safety sausage and a wreck reel for each diver. Be the first human to ever see or touch your very own fossil sharks teeth.
Normania - $150.00
Far enough offshore to get very interesting sea life, including Lionfish. The Normannia is a 312 ft, 2600 ton freighter that foundered and went down in January 1924. Most of the structure is collapsing on itself. I've seen some of the biggest lobster I've ever seen on this wreck. 110-115 feet deep.
Cassimir - $150.00
The Cassimir SS transported molasses from Baltimore to Cuba to be used to make rum. In February of 1942, Captain J.A. Bodman and his crew of 36 left Santiago, Cuba for the return voyage. On the morning of February 26, 1942, the vessel was moving through a dense fog about 50 miles east of the tip of Frying Pan Shoals. Also moving through the fog was the freighter, Lara. The ships were unable to change course and the bow of the Lara cut a gash into the starboard side of the Cassimir. The Cassimir started to take on water and Captain Bodman gave the order to abandon ship. All but five of the crew was rescued by the Lara, which didn't have any damage from the collision. The survivors were taken to Charleston, SC. The Cassimir lies in about 100 to 120 ft. of water today.
Stone Tug - $80.00
The R.R. Stone (tug) was sank as part of the artificial reef program in 1985 and is only a few hundred yards from The Old Dredge Wreck and Pocahontas. It lies in 65' of water about 10 miles off Carolina Beach. In 2003 a few storms were not kind to her and lifted the ships bridge and laid it to rest upside down off the starboard side. The ship itself still remains upright. You can see many fish and different marine life as well as Sand Tiger Sharks that call The R.R Stone Tug home during the summer.
Markham - $90.00
The Markham is a 340' dredge hopper and saw most of her service in the Great Lakes. Built in the 60's she was ahead of her time and was one of the first ships to be equipped with bow thrusters. Sunk in 1994 by the division of marine fisheries as part of the artificial reef program. Originally the Markham was going to be sank upright but at the last minute had to be laid on her side to allow clearance for shipping traffic. The Markham is in about 70' of water and lays on her port side. Like the Hyde this wreck is home to lot's of Sand Tigers in the summer months as well as a variety of other marine life.