Mystery Wreck in Deep Cove

Mystery Wreck in Deep Cove
Vancouver Island, BC


Site Review by
Date: 06/08/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Anonymous Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Reef:    4.00
State:   Animal:    3.00
Country:   Plant:    2.00
Diving:   7 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.31
I've often heard the visibility can be bad at this site, but every time I dove it, visibility was about 50-60 feet (good for here)- Avoid this site in the late spring and early summer. Lots of perch schooling in the wreck. It is pretty crumbled except for the iron bolts and some remaining planking sticking up about 10 feet from the bottom. the bow is mostly intact (made of metal). Near the stern, there is a large metal water or fuel tank and some piping and valves. Could this barge have been a floating gas station? They were pretty common at the entrances to marinas back then. If you swim around the sand away from the wreck towards the shore, there is a lot of old, interesting junk and bottles scattered about. If you swim out from Setchell Point, there is a reef that goes down to about 70 feet deep. There are several smaller reefs past this out on the sand. Not much life on the main reef, but there are huge plumose anemones and lots of rockfish on the smaller ones.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2003
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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