Saturday, December 19, 2009

Captain Ray et al Discover Fletcher Class Destroyer

Leave it to one of our favorite captains to discover another one.

On Saturday, December 12, 2009 Captain Ray Arntz, Captain Kyaa Heller, John Walker and I traveled to San Clemente Island aboard Sundiver II to dive a large unknown target.

We knew about the existence of the object from the efforts of Dean Morrow who has corresponded with Gary Fabian over the years about various bathymetric matters. Our own bathymetric analysis suggested it was a vessel over 350 feet in length with over 30 feet of relief. In other words, a warship on its side. We also knew the Navy was fond of using old warships for target practice and research indicated at least several Destroyers (DD) and Destroyer Escorts (DE) sunk in the ‘60’s and '70's off San Clemente.

Weather conditions were snotty as we left Peter's Landing at 5:00 am. A 5 foot west swell with 3 feet of wind wave out of the south and 15-20 kt winds and rain guaranteed an interesting trip. At least we’d probably have the island to ourselves.

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And check out the sweet video by John Walker:

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p.s. Ray is captain of the Sundiver, in case you didn't know.

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