Story of the Aleutian
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The S.S. Aleutians
 

The S.S. ALEUTIAN sits upright in water that is 220 feet deep. Both the fore and aft masts are still standing, and both are blanketed in enormous white metridium anemones. There are two permanent moorings on the wreck, one at the extreme aft of the lifeboat deck, and one on the forward lifeboat davit on the starboard side.

Depending upon the state of the tide, you will often see the ghostly outline of one of the masts rising from the murk as you descend past 80 feet. The tops of the masts are about 110 feet deep. As you continue down the mooring line, the mast will fade away into the gloom and the ambient light will grow increasingly dim. You will arrive at the mooring point at a depth of around 165 to 175 feet.

After checking your gas and your equipment, you can begin your tour of this ghostly vessel that lay undiscovered and unexplored for more than 70 years. Schools of cod and rockfish school around the wreck, and will swim up to investigate the strange visitor to their silent underwater world. If your tour takes you to the bow or stern of the ALEUTIAN, you will encounter dense colonies of white anemones that thrive in the nutrient-rich tidal currents of Uyak Bay.

With a maximum depth of 190 feet, most dive profiles will give you between 15 and 20 minutes of bottom time before you begin your ascent. There is surface-supplied oxygen for use during decompression beginning at 20 feet, and most divers using an air computer choose to breathe the 100% oxygen as a safety factor, while continuing to decompress according to the air schedule.

Trimix is available for qualified divers who have made arrangements in advance. Please contact us with questions concerning the use of mixed gas on the ALEUTIAN.

 

 

Marine life abounds in clear water of Alaska’s Kodiak Island

The shipwreck Aleutian holds an abundance of fragile, historic artifacts

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