2000 Mexicana Photos I

All images on this page 2000 by Christina Young.

The Mexicana is a sunken freighter off northern North Carolina, 145 feet under the mid-Atlantic.  She is upright and somewhat intact, but the superstructure is missing.

The following pictures (all images from video) are from the voyage of the Miss Lindsey out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, to the Mexicana on Saturday, August 5, 2000.  This was an invitation by the VBTech tech diving club of the Lynnhaven Dive Center in Virginia Beach to certain divers from California, Florida, New York and New Jersey.

Capt. JT Barker's pictures of this trip:

Page 1:  http://www.capt-jt.com/photos_vbtech_invite1.htm

Page 2:  http://www.capt-jt.com/photos_vbtech_invite2.htm

Page 3:  http://www.capt-jt.com/photos_vbtech_invite3.htm

The Miss Lindsey pulled into dock around midnight from a Friday night dive.  I was staying overnight on the boat, so I was there to greet it.  People told me that the boat had character, and it does!  It is comfortable, as well.
This is Capt JT Barker, who is our host along with the rest of his crew at VBTech technical diving club!  It turned out that he had character, too, and a lot of it!
Here's me and my best buddy George Irvine!  The first thing I saw when I woke up in the morning and peered down from my bunk on the way out to the wreck is George and Jarrod Jablonski sitting at a table and smiling up at me!  Is hell freezing over???
George proudly wears his Seeker T-shirt!
Once we arrive and hook the wreck, Rick Atkins prepares to jump in and set the hook.  He's assisted by Dave Widen (right). 
This is George and Pina, waiting to dive the wreck.
Capt JT flies his scooter over the wreck.  So many people were out joyriding on the scooters that you almost needed a traffic cop to keep people from crashing into one another!  This wreck is a blast to scooter because there are huge corrosion holes everywhere and you can fly through them from hold to hold and out again!
Flying over one of the holds.  Notice that the deck has corroded away, leaving just the beams in place.
JT inspects the large boilers of the Mexicana.
Here's a closer look at one of those boilers. 
And two of them side by side.
JT enters one of the holds.

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