Capt. Tuck Rion brings his 25 years of experience navigating, fishing and diving the eastern U.S. A technical diver himself, Capt. Tuck is a USCG licensed Master Captain and has both the knowledge and experience in diving the many wrecks, live bottom and ledges of the Carolina coast to ensure that your dives are safe, pleasurable and rewarding. You are sure to enjoy the wit, humor and nautical knowledge of “Capt. Tuck”.
Divemaster Suzy ”Sunshine” Johnson is a NAUI instructor, PADI divemaster, underwater photographer and naturalist extradinare. You will welcome her enthusiasm, great attitude, and professionalism. With a happy demeanor and great smile she is truly a rose amongst the thorns within the crew. And if you get a chance during the surface interval ask her about the work that she has done on the C.S.S. Hunley project, you may find it interesting!
Divemaster Tony “Mr. Fix-It” Roberts is a PADI divemaster, equipment specialist, black water diver and underwater hunter extradinaire. With over 20 years experience Tony is one the most competent and knowledgeable divemasters on the Carolina coast. Count on a memorable dive with Tony’s caring nature and terrific sense of humor.
Divemaster Jeff “Woody” Woodward is a licensed USCG Captain, PADI instructor, PADI divemaster and a U.S Navy E.O.D. He is without a doubt one of the most experienced and qualified divemasters on the Carolina coast. “Woody” will captivate you with his personal style of humor and entertaining antics. We are glad to have him back after a year in the Mediterranean defending us from the terrorists during the latest Gulf War.
THE D/V DOLPHIN II:
We are very pleased to announce that our new boat is fully operational. After you have been out on it I am sure that you will agree that it was worth the wait. The Dolphin II is 65 feet long and 18 _ feet wide, triple engined boasting a total of 2250 horsepower; she is the fastest big dive boat in the world. And we didn’t skimp on the amenities either. She has both heat and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, a 600 gallon a day watermaker, inside and outside shower, large roomy head compartment with the best head you have ever seen on a boat of any kind.
Overnight accommodations for twelve passengers, huge back deck, and expansive front deck with three separate sunpads. The Dolphin II has quite a history behind her. She started out life with the U.S. Navy as a Mk III PB “Sea Spectre” Fast Attack Craft, and she served valiantly during her tour of duty. Including Grenada, Panama, and Dessert Storm. She and her 17 sisterships were the workhorse and backbone of the U.S. Navy Seals from the late 1970’s until the mid 1990’s. We have heard quite a few stories about her from the guy’s who served on her and her sisterships.
THE DIVE SITES:
Sherman: Originally named “Princess Royale” this 200 ft long iron hulled screw steamer was lost off Cherry Grove Beach Jan. 10,1874. Since her sinking she has been covered in hard coral, soft coral, sea fans, and sponges. She also features tropical fish, invertebrates, and large pelegic’s. In addition to having an abundance of sea life the Sherman also holds a multitude of artifacts. With a distance of 6 miles and depth of 50 ft she is a half day trip and great for new and experienced divers alike.
Governor: An unidentified civil war side wheel steamer, the Governor is a “diggers delight”, and yields a bounty of brass artifacts. Civil war belt buckles, rifles, cannon balls, and various other artifacts have been recovered from this wreck on a regular basis. The Governor is 22 miles of our coast and lies in 80 ft of water.
Hebe and H.M.S. St. Cathan: Also known as twin wrecks, the Hebe, a Dutch freighter and British sub chaser St. Cathan collided in 1942. They now lie in 90-110 ft of water 42 miles off our coast and 1/4 mile apart. Both ships hold a vast amount of marine life and numerous artifacts. Visibility often approaching and exceeding 100 ft these are two of our most favorite dive sites.
City of Houston: This 290 ft passenger freighter sank in 90 ft of water 49 miles off of our coast in 1874. Commonly referred to as the “China Wreck” or “China Doll Wreck” this may give some hint to some of the many artifacts that have been recovered from this site. There is also abundance of marine life found on this site.
Lady Margaret: This large motor yacht sank 36 miles off our coast in 93 ft of water in the early 1970’s. Tentatively identified as the Lady Margaret, she was the personal yacht of the famed F.D.R.. With varying marine life showing up throughout the year, you never know what is in store for you. There have also been some really nice artifacts found so far.
BP-25: Sunk as part of the South Carolina artificial reef program in 1985, this 180 ft British Petroleum oil tanker has a instresting past. From a working tanker, to drug runner and then artificial reef, the BP-25’s mysterious past continues. For after she was sunk her entire bridge was suddenly removed without a trace. However since she has come to rest on the sea floor in 90 ft of water she has become covered in marine life, and is really an oasis in the dessert 34 miles offshore where she lies.
Bill Perry: This is also part of the South Carolina artificial reef program, named for Capt. Bill Perry Jr., a great captain, sportsman, and personal friend. The reef lies 26 miles offshore in 60 to 70 ft of water and covers an area of approximately 3 square miles. The reef consists of many different types of materials, from old 150 ft long landing craft to Polaris missiles, pup tents, cement mixers and shrimp boats. The state of South Carolina is always adding more to the reef as materials become available. And like the BP-25, the Bill Perry Reef has blossomed into and oasis in the dessert with a multitude of marine life.
18 Fathom: An unidentified freighter lying in 128 ft of water 56 miles off our coast. She is a large ship at 300ft + and it is difficult to see it all in one dive. Commonly called the ore freighter or the ore wreck at this depth it is definitely an advanced dive. She probably sank in the early 1900’s. She is really one of the more spectacular dives, with her abundance of marine life and the chance at a really nice artifact from a ship that does not get dove very often.
Composite Wreck: An unidentified composite constructed sailing ship, probably a British clipper ship. She lies 56 miles offshore in 130 ft of water and is an advanced dive. Very few artifacts have been found to date since she is not dove very often. Be prepared to fight off the triggerfish because they and grouper gather around this beautiful wreck.
Many other sites are available and we are always looking for new wrecks and live bottoms. Here is a partial listing of some of our other most popular sites: Raritan, Vermilion, Angels Ledge, Pipe wreck, Copper Pot (SS North Carolina), Rosin wreck, MT. Dirfeys, City of Richmond, Jell II, and The Tug. We also offer spear fishing and bug hunting trips, if you have never seen a South Carolina bug then ask, but I warn you sometimes the pictures weigh 20 pounds.