F8F-1 Bearcat (Point Loma, CA — 230 fsw)

F8F-1 Bearcat (Point Loma, CA — 230 fsw)

Background We have located the wreck of a rare F8F-1 Bearcat airplane deep in the waters off of Point Loma, California. This post details the discovery of the wreck, identifying the type of airplane, and background information on the F8F Bearcat. While we haven’t yet conducted a follow-up dive to confirm the identity via a [...]

Hustler & The Crabs (Point Loma, CA — 220 fsw)

Hustler & The Crabs (Point Loma, CA — 220 fsw)

Background Sounds like a band name, doesn't it? It somewhat reminds me of that 80's band "Hootie & the Blowfish." People often think that diving new targets is sexy and exciting and always results in finding a cool new WW II era airplane. Well, it isn't always that easy and this is a short tale [...]

“Full Stall Landing” — TBF-1C Avenger (Point Loma — 150 fsw)

“Full Stall Landing” — TBF-1C Avenger (Point Loma — 150 fsw)

Background We believe that we have located, dived and identified a new WW II TBF-1C Avenger (Bureau Number 24272) airplane wreck in Southern California off of Point Loma. A couple months ago, Tyler had a "breakthrough" on how to combine and overlay a few different disparate data sources in order to locate potential new targets. [...]

Fairchild PT-19 (Laguna Beach — 175 fsw)

Fairchild PT-19 (Laguna Beach — 175 fsw)

Background Tyler has been doing a lot of research by reading through old newspaper archives looking for potential new wrecks to locate and dive. He recently came across some articles about a P-51 Mustang that crashed off the coast of Laguna Beach. He started looking through some bathymetry data and came across a small anomaly [...]

Unidentified Vessel / Tour Boat (Imperial Beach — 220 fsw)

Unidentified Vessel / Tour Boat (Imperial Beach — 220 fsw)

Background This is another case where we had seen some ROV footage of a large "yacht-like" vessel and had an approximate location but hadn't been able to pinpoint it. After multiple attempts to locate it, I went with Lora and Chris on the Marissa for another attempt -- but this time we had the sonar [...]

WW II Airplane Junk Yard (Point Loma, CA — 200-240 fsw)

WW II Airplane Junk Yard (Point Loma, CA — 200-240 fsw)

Background During my ill-fated trip to Bikini Atoll, we ended up diving quite a few WW II airplanes that had been dumped near Kwajalein Atoll. Tyler and I had seen some ROV footage of something similar off Point Loma and we decided to charter the Marissa with Lora and Chris to investigate and perform a [...]