July 17th: There were almost two wrecks at Gnalic…

Excellent examples of the windows panes from the wreck. We almost never find complete panes.

Excellent examples of the windows panes from the wreck. We almost never find complete panes.

We had quite the surprise on arriving to the dive site the morning of the 17th. The first task upon arrival to the site is always the crucial mooring procedure, to ensure that there isn’t a second wreck that needs to salvaged around Gnalic! Half way through, we realized something was off and soon feared for the worst. One of our buoys was missing, along with the line and the entire decompression stand. After rushing through the mooring, we had divers go down to investigate. Sometime during the wind storm the day prior, the buoy had been ripped away with such force (Either from the storm, and improperly anchored vessel, or maybe it was driven over. We have no clue.) that the stone we had sunk onto the site to secure it with had been picked up and flipped 180 degrees! After some on the spot repairs and temporary fixes, our dives were back in action and the work resumed cleaning the site. One interesting find to come up that day was an entire, intact, glass window pane. The site is littered with shattered glass, so to salvage a whole pane, and find two more under the sediment nearby, was a curiosity for everyone on board!

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