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