2000 SS Carolina Photos I

All images on this page 2000 by Christina Young.

The SS Carolina was a 380 foot long passenger liner sunk in WWI by the U-151 on "Black Sunday", June 2, 1918, along with five other ships, including the freighter Texel and collier Winneconne.  The wreck was discovered and dived in 1995 after extensive research by John Chatterton and John Yurga.  The Carolina lies in 250 feet of water approximately 65 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

For additional information on the background about the SS Carolina, please consult the SS Carolina Virtual Museum and the Seeker's Carolina page.

The following pictures (all images from video) are from the voyage of the Seeker to the SS Carolina, Sunday, June 25, 2000.

This is Gary Gentile the night before the dive.  For those of you who have never heard of him before, he's the guy that always takes the bunk next to the food.  ;-)
Everyone sets up their equipment the night before.  We left the dock at 11 pm on Saturday night.
When we arrive on site around 6 am, John Chatterton gears up with his Buddy Inspiration rebreather to go set the hook, assisted by Mike Pizzio.
Enrique Alvarez assists Gary Gentile with his gloves, who will go with John to tie into the Carolina.
John Chatterton splashes.
Gary Gentile splashes.  That Tupperware thing on the side of his stage bottle is used for leftovers.
Newly shaven Joe Mazraani gets ready for a Carolina dive, assisted by Joe Ferrali and Enrique.
Gene Holmes gets ready.
I pass Gary Gentile on my way down.  He has a huge lobster in his bag, which turned out to be between 12 and 15 pounds.
Dean Repola exploring.  One of the large boilers is on the right; there are four of them.
Looking down at the wreckage.  The whole wreck is very broken up, and is essentially one big junk pile after not only being blown up by the U-151, but also being exposed to the ravages of the sea for 82 years.
There is brass all over the place!

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