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 [...]

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 [...]

The “Unknown Sailboat” off Point Loma (205 fsw)

The “Unknown Sailboat” off Point Loma (205 fsw)

The plan was to locate and dive a(nother) "virgin" Corsair that Tyler Statler had some coordinates for that is about 230' deep. We motored around on the Marissa and couldn't locate it on the sonar system. It obviously hadn't been moved -- but it was definitely playing hide-and-go-seek. 🙂 After all, a Corsair is a [...]