Shipwrecks: US East Coast-2021

Cape Hatteras, NC (September 2021)

diving aboard Lion's Paw

British Splendour (sunk April 7, 1942 by U-552)

Mike Powell scotters over the forward section and bow of the tanker British Splendour, sunk during World War II.
Baitfish swarm around the British Spendour's hull (above left); Karen Flynn examines the very tip of the tanker's bow (above right).
Mike Powell exploring beneath the tanker's inverted hull (above left); Red Snapper hiding beneath a hull plate (above right)
Jacks hunting schooling anchovies over the tanker's hull.

F.W Abrams (sunk in Allied minefield on June 11, 1942)

The tanker F.W. Abrams was dominated by huge schools of anchovies (above right), a single shark and a tiny octopus near the stern (2nd from left with Mike Powell, and below)

 

Atlantic Beach, NC (August 2021)

diving aboard Atlantis IV

W.E. Hutton (sunk March 18, 1942 by U-124)

Karen Flynn looks down on the upside-down stern section of the tanker W.E. Hutton, sunk during World War II.
The wreck of the tanker W.E. Hutton lies upside down, stretching some 435-feet along the ocean bottom from the stern (above left) to the ship's bow (above right, nearly obscured by schooling baitfish).

 

 
 
Scenes from below the Hutton's inverted stern section, in and around her machinery spaces.
 
 
A few more scenes from the sunken tanker...
 
Karen Flynn explores a break in the ship's hull (above left); Dave Etchison fights off schooling baitfish trying to photograph the ship's stern (above right)

 

 

Cape Hatteras, NC (June 2021)

diving aboard Lion's Paw

British Splendour (sunk April 7, 1942 by U-552)

The upside-down stern section of the tanker British Splendour which was sunk during World War II.

 

Dixie Arrow (sunk March 26, 1942 by U-71)

Stingray and anchor chain

 

F.W Abrams (sunk in Allied minefield on June 11, 1942)

Buried stingray near the collapsed bowThe Abram's steam engine has largely collapsed, but one piston still stands upright with the collapsed outer cylinder lying beneath it

 

Liberator (sunk March 19, 1942 by U-332)

Anchor chain still stacked neatly inside the "chain chutes" at the bowBow anchor and schooling fish

 

Manuela (sunk June 25, 1942 by by U-404)

Sharks and jacks near the ship's bow

 

Proteus (sunk August 19, 1918 in collision)

Lionfish and colorful coral encrusting one of the Proteus' winches
Lionfish and shark

 

New Jersey "Anchor Wreck" (May 2021, unidentified)

A classic sailing ship wreck, with only wooden ribs left to mark her hull, and a large anchor at the bow along with a capstan/winch and pile of anchor chain

 

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