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F4U Corsair Gosford

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by FRYN13, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. FRYN13

    FRYN13 Guest

    Does anyone have the cordonates or triangulation of the F4U Corsair in 75 ft of water off Crystal Cove CA. My friend and I would really like to dive this plane before it is completely gone. Any info would be cool.


  2. H2Andy

    H2Andy Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NE Florida
    hey, i moved your question here so the locals can help

    welcome aboard
  3. Godly_Diver

    Godly_Diver Registered

    I wonder the same thing...I've inquired about this wreck with Gordon over at Laguna Sea Sports a couple of months ago and he said "great wreck if you can find it"...according to him it's a pain in the .... to locate it so it doesn't worth trying he says.
    Hopefuly we'll have someone on this board knows about this wreck..I'd love to check it out.

  4. SoCalAngel

    SoCalAngel Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: 1000 Oaks, CA
    But, you gotta have a boat. The Gosford and F4U Corsair are two different wrecks.

    The Gosford is in Santa Barbara. It was a big tall ship. Very cool. Masts don't stand anymore, but I did see some cool critters on it (either monkeyface pricklebacks or wolf eels).

    The F4U Corsiar is a ww2 era fighter plane. It was designed for the navy (or marines?) to go on a carrier, with wings that fold up. It is just outside of the UW state park off Crystal Cove State Beach. However, the park likes to think they have control of it. I do not beleive one could beach dive it, unless you really like surface swims (its easily a mile out). Also, it is small. Really small. Really, really small. BTW, did I say how small it is?

    This makes it hard to find. With the coordinates, I have found it on four of 7 attempts. It's a very small target and low profile. It only comes off the sand about 5 feet. Well, maybe five feet, closer to four feet. And that was before the last storm.

    Alll that was left last time I saw it was the front part of the fuselage. The wings were mostly buried under the sand. What was exposed were the wing ribs, as the sheeting has gone by way of the missing engine and cockpit cover. Did I mention how little there is?

    Anyway, the coords can be obtained from me for the price of a boat trip *batting eyelashes* :gr1:

    BTW, it is very small and hard to find.
  5. Godly_Diver

    Godly_Diver Registered

    Well, there it is...Gordon's right....not worth trying, especialy that much of a swim is involved, don't have a boat either. So, I give up on the "little" fellow.
  6. jetfixer

    jetfixer Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Orange County, CA
    Don't give up so easy! Someone is bound to chime in with a boat big enough to carry all of us interested in finding the little guy. :eyebrow:

    Anyone...Anyone... :wink:
  7. Parrothead_Diver

    Parrothead_Diver Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Orange County, CA
    Franko's Map of Orange County Coast Diving shows it about 1/3 of a mile (600 yards) straight out from split rock. But given that I do not know how accurate the map is for placement of the wreck, a 600 yard surface swim, currents to contend with and 15'-20' vis (if your lucky); I would think that it is nearly impossible to find from the beach.

    Best bet would be to get those coordinates and try I find it from a boat.

    :1poke: Now... Who has a boat???
  8. PhotoTJ

    PhotoTJ Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Malibu, CA is where I spend most of my dive time.
    So, Laurel, it's small, then? :wink:
  9. mossym

    mossym Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Munster, Ireland
    can the gosford be dove from shore?
  10. SoCalAngel

    SoCalAngel Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: 1000 Oaks, CA
    Yes, it is. But you wouldn't know about such things, would you? :eyebrow:

    Probably. It is in only 30-40 feet of water. I dove it from the vision. Get more info from www.cawreckdivers.org

    Boat owner, boat owner, where are youuuu?

    :p :blinking:

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