2002 Jodrey Photos II

All images on this page 2002 by Christina Young.

The Roy A. Jodrey is a 640-foot long sunken bulk steel freighter in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, New York.  She lies 140 feet (crows nest) to 250 feet under fresh, clear water, having been sunk in 1974 after striking Pullman Shoal.  More on the Jodrey can be found here.  Also see pictures from last year's Jodrey trip here.

The following pictures (all images from video) are from the Mad Dog Expeditions trip to the Jodrey, May 31 - June 2, 2002.  (Continued from page I).

Greg Jackson ascends at the end of his dive.  One of the nice things about the Jodrey is that you never get blown out - even though the winds were ripping for most of the three days we were here, since the dive site is in the St. Lawrence River, waves never exceed a foot or so.
This is Andrew Driver with the new Megalodon rebreather.  He is using OMS 45 cu ft cylinders for his oxygen and diluant bottles.
Here Andrew shows off the Megalodon's DSV-mounted heads-up display (HUD).
Greg Jackson and Jay Tempe surface after a dive to the Jodrey's bow.  Behind them is the island on which the US Coast Guard station resides.  As maritime disasters go, the Jodrey accident went in reverse; instead of the Coast Guard going to the sinking ship, the sinking ship came to the Coast Guard!  There were no fatalities, by the way.
This gear is owned by two guys who dive the Jodrey almost every summer weekend, Chris and Dan, and who scolded me for saying that their Farallon scooters were Aquazepps on my site last year!  "Farallon" is an ancient Native American word for "Land of the Dead".  People would try to swim or canoe from the California coast to the islands of the that name, and get eaten by the great white sharks that inhabit the area.
Loading up the boat for the 5-minute boat ride to the next morning's dive.  The C-Hunt is owned by the area's diving pioneer, Capt. Moe Hunt, who was also the first person to dive the Jodrey after it sank.
This morning we are diving the Jodrey's stern, which lies out in the middle of the shipping channel.  This end of a thick,  polypropylene line chained around this big bolder is the start of a 6 to 8 minute swim through the strong currents under all the shipping traffic to the stern superstructure.  You definitely don't want to do a free ascent into the middle of all those floating Cusinarts!  
Jay Tempe after our long swim to the stern superstructure.
Jay next to a large spotlight on the deck.  The entire stern superstructure is lying to extreme starboard.
This is the stern smokestack, painted red. 
A large winch head.
Another view of the stern stack.

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