2000 Vizcaya Photos I

All images on this page 2000 by Christina Young.

Welcome to New Jersey's fastest dive boat for deep exploration, the Depth Charge!  The Depth Charge is a 42-foot Provincial, custom built to salvage the RMS Republic and other cool wrecks!

The following pictures (all images from video) are from the voyage of the Depth Charge to the 287- foot long Spanish steamer Vizcaya, Sunday, May 7, 2000.  The Vizcaya sank in 1890 in a collision with the schooner Cornelius Hargraves, six miles east of Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey.

As we head out, Enrique Alvarez explains the finer points of welding dive and boat gear out of stainless steel.  The Depth Charge's brand-new, stainless steel suit-up table is behind him.  This custom table was ordered the night before, and he showed up with it at the dock in the morning!
Disciples Joe Ferrali and Steve Brozyna learn the finer points of boat handling from Bill Cleary, who has mastered the skill in a few short months.  High speed maneuvering is something you can't learn on any other dive boat.  [Guess who wrote this caption ;-)]
We follow the Seeker on the way out of Manasquan Inlet, which is headed out to the wreck of the USS Algol.
Once we hit the mouth of the Inlet, Bill Cleary throttles up the gas turbines, and we blow past the Seeker like it's standing still!  ;-)
The Depth Charge cuts in front of the Seeker's bow.  We're headed southeast to the Vizcaya.
On the way out to the wreck, Enrique sleeps like a baby...
We get to the wreck in no time, and Bill Cleary suits up to go tie in the hook, assisted by Joe Ferrali.
I pass Bill Cleary on the anchor line on my way down to the wreck.
Looking up at the huge engine of the Vizcaya, which rises almost 40 feet off the bottom.  The Vizcaya was an early steamer which was powered by both engines and sail.

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