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Murphy's Barge II
Physical Data
and Notes

by Dave Gillings.
July 28, 2007

Dive Notes:

Team's first drop was at 10:15 AM, but strong north current took us north of the barge, so map team ascended with safety stop at 10:24 AM for a re-drop. On re-drop, we again were north of wreck, but saw it, and with great effort, swim south against current to get back to the barge. Better to drop on Amarylis and let current take us into wreck. With effort, reverse profile from first dive, we cut second dive short,--dive is only 15 minutes with extended safety stop. Barge still has 4-5 ft. of relief, has several 2-4 ft. diameter holes in the deck, allowing fish to swim through, and is covered with hydroids, encrusting sponges, and white condominium tunicates. Severe scour under south end bow that is hang out for 300# goliath grouper.





Physical Data

Weather

Sunny.
Air temp 89F
Wind from E as 5-10 knots

Seas

calm 

Current

to the North at 1.5 knots

Visibility

60 feet vertical,
50 feet horizontal at depth.

Max depth

78 feet.

Water temp

at bottom 84F

Time of Dive

Start: 10:40 a.m.
 End: 10:55 a.m.