New Wreck : Sea Dancer (To Be Confirmed) / (Scripps Canyon — 235 fsw)

New Wreck : Sea Dancer (To Be Confirmed) / (Scripps Canyon — 235 fsw)

Background Tyler and I got a tip and GPS location from some friends at Scripps who are also involved with Project Recover. They said there was a wreck near Scripps Canyon that they found and they had a good side scan image. Side scan image from Scripps / Project Recover When I saw the side [...]

P-38 Lightning “Skip Bombing Mission” (Solana Beach, CA — 180 fsw)

P-38 Lightning “Skip Bombing Mission” (Solana Beach, CA — 180 fsw)

About six months ago, Tyler sent me some bathymetry data of a possible target off Solana Beach and said "I've been looking at that target up there off Solana Beach. It's in 180 looks aircraft or some weird rock reef but I was researching if any planes went down off the area." One limiting factor [...]

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 [...]