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What an exciting opportunity...

Discussion in 'Artificial Reefs' started by The Chairman, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    OK folks, Joe Weatherby aka "Shipwrecker"has agreed to help moderate this forum on sinking the Vandeberg. Please Ask any questions or make any observations and Joe is going to try and respond when he can!
     
  2. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Gulf of Mexico
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    Well, there are the two obvious ones :)
    When???
    Where???
    Rick
     
  3. tedwhiteva

    tedwhiteva Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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    from the web site:
    The Vandenberg will lie within the bounds of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. aka Key West
    The keel and screw will rest at 140' The tops of the bridge, com rooms, crow's nest and the vast dish antennas will be only 40' below the surface in normally clear gulf stream waters. Lying outside the reef line, about 6 miles offshore, the wreck will often be visible even to snorkelers and glass bottom boats. This site will be the signature dive of Key West and the Florida Keys, and will become one of the most famous warm-water wrecks in the world. All 4 upper decks will be opened to divers, with access vertically through the 18 stair towers, elevator shafts, and cargo holds. The spaces will also be accessible horizontally through 7x10' holes in the hull. The fuel tanks, tank-top, and first platform will be sealed and ballasted to insure upright positioning.
     
  4. Queen

    Queen Guest

    Excellent! I've been trying to keep up on this every time I'm in KW, I didn't know it was finally happening! :thumb:
     
  5. WVDiver

    WVDiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Podunk, WV
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    Cool, can't wait to dive it.
     
  6. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Gulf of Mexico
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    Hmmm.... reckon that's a "lesson from the Grove," eh?
    Rick :)
     
  7. Doubles

    Doubles Instructor, Scuba

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    Excellent - sounds like another great diving opportunity.

    And only 6 miles off shore - even better. I love diving the mighty 'O', but that long ride out and back is a real killer

    Cheers

    Steve
     
  8. wb416

    wb416 Dive Travel Professional

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    Location: Southeast Cincinnati
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    Sounds like more good reasons to visit the Keys! :)
     
  9. Doubles

    Doubles Instructor, Scuba

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    You mean there's more reasons that the fact that its 78 degrees outside here right now in the middle of Florida?:D
     
  10. wb416

    wb416 Dive Travel Professional

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    It's 60F here in S. Ohio.... not bad for New Year's Eve!! :)
     

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