Emerald Sea Photography
There are a large number of wrecks in Puget Sound and around the Pacific Northwest that offer some great diving. They run the gamut from the shallow wrecks located in Edmonds Underwater Park to the deep dark wrecks located in the middle of the shipping lanes. Visiting these wrecks is like stepping back through history. More information on many of the wrecks listed below can be found in Northwest Wreck Dives by Scott Boyd and Jeff Carr.
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Alaska Reefer (2). The old USS Pinon, lies forgotten in Port Townsend Bay after the refrigeration ship burned in 1961 and sank just off of the Indian Island munitions dock. 48° 04.16'N 122° 44.66'W
Al-Ind-Esk-A-Sea (2). Deep, dark and very poor visibility make this 336' Freighter one of the tougher wreck dives in the area, but the ship has a very interesting history. 47° 59.032' N 122° 14.772' WAlitak (4). A 94' tug sank just northeast of the Delion Dry Dock in Edmonds Underwater Park in 1972 GPS: 47° 48.842' N 122° 23.082' W
America (1). This square-rigged, 232' long sailing ship was towed right up onto the rocks of San Juan Island by the tug Lorne in 1914. The cargo of coal that she carried, now harbors urchins and kelp.
Andalusia (3). An impressive Panamanian flagged Tramp Steamer that sank near Neah Bay in 1949 carrying a cargo of 5 million board feet of lumber. This 7,700 ton freighter is twice the size of the Diamond Knot and is just covered with marine life.
Anna Foss Tug (3). A nice shallow wreck in Colvos Passage that is a fun, current-free site for a second dive. Only 30 feet deep to the bottom of the hull. GPS: 47° 24.171'N 122° 31.440'W
Barbara G (1). Another very nice, shallow wreck dive just off the end of the Harper's Fishing Pier in Kitsap County (Port Orchard).
Blake Island Barge (1). Most likely an old Pile Driving Barge used to build the docks at Blake Island. Not much left of this interesting bit of Maritime History.
The Boss (4). A pair of easy, shallow wrecks, located just 5 miles due West of the Alki boat ramp that make a great second dive to many of the sites around Blakely Harbor. GPS: 47° 35.465' N 122° 29.766' W
Burton (6). The Steamship Burton once carried passengers and light cargo from Tacoma to Vashon Island as part of the Mosquito Fleet. She sank in shallow water after burning in Gig Harbor in 1924. A very nice, shallow dive that is best in the winter when there is less boat traffic in this busy harbor.
Cabezon (2). The 130' fishing vessel Cabezon was burned and sank in the Bellingham channel. Wicked currents make this a challenging, but rewarding dive for the avid wreck enthusiast.
Carkeek Park Wreck (1). A relatively new fishing boat hanging out on the bottom along with a bunch of it's own crab pots.
Coastal Freighter (1). A Steel Hulled tramp freighter that sank in Commencement Bay. Very nice wreck with lots of opportunities for penetration and exploration.
Comet (2). Once home to some "wild and crazy guys", the comet sits just 200' from the Port Hadlock boat ramp, making it a nice shore dive.
Craven Drydock (2). A towering drydock that sank in Admiralty Inlet in 1981. High currents and lots of colorful sponges make this an exciting dive!
Dash Point Wreck (1). It's safe to skip this one. Technically there are three wrecks at this site, but all that is left is a few ribs, a couple of toilets and a plastic steering wheel.
Dauntless (1). December 30, 1923 the well known mosquito fleet steamer "Dauntless" broke loose from her moorings at Kingston during a storm and drifted across the Sound to pile up on the beach near Meadow Point, a total loss.Des Moines Wreck (1). A 55' Yacht that caught fire in the Des Moines marina in 1994 sank just off of Normandy Park. This site makes a nice second dive after diving the KVI tower. Only 45 -50' deep and covered with marine life.
Edmonds Underwater Park (8)(several wrecks and the dry dock). This is a wonderful dive site, with many, many different objects placed in the park. The fish are HUGE, with Ling Cod that get over 5', but the surface swim can be very tiring.
Ferndale (1). A 150 ton steam ship that had a very short life on Puget Sound. She foundered and was destroyed by fire south of Lopez Island in December of 1890.Four Mile Rock Barges (1). A couple of HUGE barges sunk just outside of Elliot Bay near West Point in about 100' of water. Loaded with life, fishing nets and cave line.
Maury Island Barges (6) A very pleasant wreck dive off the East side of Maury Island, right next to the gravel pier. GPS coordinates: 47° 21.76' N 122° 26.415' W
Orca (3). The Orca is a very pleasant dive on a 45' tug that is resting quietly on the bottom in 65' of water just north of the Port Hadlock marina.
Owens Beach Barge (20+). An awesome site in the summer, when the SixGill sharks come up into the shallows to feed and mate. I've seen Sixgills on many dives at this site. Watch the currents though, North Wall is mere feet away, and the currents can get ripping. 47° 18.89' N 122° 31.71' W
Phillip Foss (1). A small tug that sank off of Port Orchard Harbor. It's safe to skip this dive.Possession Point Ferry (2). One of the best dives in Puget Sound. The Washington State Ferry Kehloken (230' long by 50' wide) has been sitting on the bottom since 1983 off the South tip of Whidbey Island, and is completely covered with Marine Growth.
Salt Water State Park (2). A nice park, a bit of along swim to an old barge that was sunk as fish habitat in the 60's. Lots of critters for you macro photographers.
Seahurst Barge (1). A LONG 300 yard swim out to the remains of an old wood barge that is mostly ribs and vent pipes. Lots of species of nudibranchs and interesting fish.Shilshole Barges (2). Large barges sunk near the yellow barge mooring buoy just off of shilshole. Also know as the "Vertical Barge" and the "Horizontal Barge".
Wreck at Taylor Bay (4) An old Sub chaser sunk in 1959, which is completely covered with huge marine growth. 47° 11.055' N 122° 47.073' E
Wreck of the Omar (1). A nice tug sitting in about 70' of water in Shilshole bay near the barge buoy. GPS coordinates: 47° 40.38'N 122° 25.34'W
Atlantic City (1). Huge Oak timbers and hand planed planking mark the remains of this once graceful steamer lying in 120' of water at the South End of Lake Washington.
City of Tacoma (1). A 120' long ferry that once ran passengers and cars around Puget Sound and Lake Washington was being used as a breakwater for the Yarrow Bay Marina when she sank in 20 feet of water, just outside the marina.
Coal Cars (1). Eighteen wood Coal Cars sank off a barge in 1875. The are almost perfectly preserved and still sit on the bottom of the lake full of Coal.
Dart (1). A 60' tug that burned and sank in 1926. Beautiful hand crafted wood hull.
Dawn (4). A 65' wood hulled passenger steamer that once ferried students from Mercer Island to Leschi Park. One of my favorite Lake Washington dives and relatively shallow at 120'.
Diamond Girl (1). A 35' Motor Sailor with an impressive diamond plate bow and lots of custom aluminum work around the bulwarks and inside the cabin.
Falcon (1). A beautiful old passenger steamer, 85' Long that still has the Passenger Cabin in place. Nearly 200' deep in the middle of the North Part of Lake Washington.
Fresno (1). 150' sailing vessel that burned in Meydenbauer Bay, April 24, 1923. Scuttled in the middle of Lake Washington in 180' of water. Very interesting dive on a historic whaling ship.
Foss 75 (1). Very impressive and large barge that sank north of Sand Point in Lake Washington.
Hauler (4). A 60' long wood hulled boat, that resembles a Chinese Junk lies quietly forgotten on the bottom at the south end of the lake. Viz was really poor on this dive, so no good photos!
Hauled Barge (1). An interesting old wooden barge, located just South of the Hauler.
King Street Scow (1). An old wood barge that sank just north of the I-90 bridge in 45' of water, not far from the end of King Street.
Landing Craft (1). This WWII LCVP Landing Craft or Higgins Boat was scuttled not far from Gene Coulon park after seeing a lot of action in the Pacific. This is a fascinating bit of history for wreck divers.
Louie (2). A 63' long wood hulled tug that sank in 1973 just off the Carillon Point Marina.
Old Salt (1). An 85' wood-hulled schooner scuttled off of Hougton in 75' of water.
PA-d3 Barge (2). An old steel barge on the bottom of Lake Washington. Three open compartments and wood plank floor adorn this odd shaped vessel used to haul lumber or coal.
PB4Y-2 Privateer Bomber (2). Amazing WWII Privateer Bomber lying at the bottom of Lake Washington, just off the Magnuson Park Boat Ramp. With her guns still pointing off into the murky depths of the lake at about 150' Deep, and very low visibility but a cool dive.
PBM Martin Mariner (2). A huge flying boat from WWII that sank after striking an obstruction in front of the Boeing Seaplane ramp at the south end of Lake Washington. Only 70' deep, and a nice dive.
PV-2 Harpoon (2). Nose down in the mud, just off the end of the Sand Point Naval Air Station runway lies this WWII torpedo-bomber.
Seattle Tennis Club Barge (1). An old barge located just off the Seattle Tennis Club.
S.L. Dowell (1). A pristine 45' long steam tug that sank in the middle of Lake Washington in 1922 when it hit a snag off of Mercer Island.
Snickerdoodle Tug (1). A small tug in the south end of the lake that was scuttled with lots of barrels. Several portholes have fallen on the bottom around this wreck.
Sonny (2). A very nice 38' fishing boat that is still in excellent condition in the south end of Lake Washington.
Steele Dodge (aka Sherman Wreck) (1). A 1950 dodge sedan that slid off the icy curves into Lake Crescent on January 24th, 1960. Beverly Sherman's suitcase was recovered from the trunk of the vehicle in 2004 after spending 44 years on the bottom.
Urania (1). A burned out Passenger Steamer Hull in the North End of Lake Washington.
Valiant SNV-2 (1). An engine failure during a training flight on February 29, 1944 put this aircraft in the Lake due north from the old Sand Point Naval Air Station.
Warren Wreck (2). Blanch and Russell Warren disappeared on July 3rd, 1929, without a trace until their car was recently (2002) found off of ambulance point in Crescent Lake. A unique, historical dive with cold, clear, 170' deep water. [ Map Location ]
West Shore Scow (1). Power driven scow that sank along the western shore of Lake Washington.
Wheeler (2). Forty foot long wood-hulled fishing boat in the South End of Lake Washington with a very distinctive steering wheel and controls still in place in the wheel house.
Wolf Bay Wreck (2). A very picturesque wood hulled wreck in Wolf Bay, Lake Washington.
YMS 359 Minesweeper (1). One of three YMS class minesweepers that were scuttled in Lake Washington. This particular vessel "disappeared" from UW docks after a fire in the living quarters.
YMS Minesweeper #3 (1). Just discovered in 2007, this is the third YMS Minesweeper found out in the middle of Lake Washington, and the one that is in the best shape. 128 feet long and 200 feet deep. An awesome dive, but deep and dark.
Zippy (1). A very picturesque forty-two foot fishing boat that was scuttled in the north end of Lake Washington in 170' of water.