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The Chester Poling Shipwreck  Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, & Maine Shipwrecks
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CHESTER A POLING

The steel hulled coastal oil tanker Chester A. Poling was built in Staten Island in 1934. She was 281.4 feet long had a 40 foot beam and was originally named the Plattsburg Socony. She was latter renamed Mobil Albany and then in 1956 Chester Poling. On January 11, 1977while maneuvering in 30 foot seas the Chester Poling was pounded so violently that she split in two. A Coast Guard helicopter and a 95 foot cutter rescued all except one of the Polling's crew. The poling stern section remained adrift and sunk just off the Gloucester breakwater in 90 feet of water. Her bow went down in 190 feet of water. Since her sinking storms have moved her stern section into deeper water, about 93 feet. The stern now sits intact and upright. The bow section of the wreck was only located in 1989 with a side scan sonar. The bow sits offshore in 185 feet of water. Remember penetration into any shipwreck should only be done by those with proper training, experience and wreck diving equipment. Scuba equipment like powerful dive lights, navigation reels, dive knives as well as redundant air supply like a pony bottle or doubles are standard gear for wreck divers. Capt Eric Takakjian reports that the bow sits upside down and is covered with silt. He also reports nets draped across the wreck, bad visibility and cold water. Basically, not the best dive conditions.    

Bill Carter Collection

Bill Carter Collection

Bill Carter Collection

  

   
 
 
 
 

Shipwreck Diving ebook
The complete diver's guide to mastering the skills of shipwreck diving.

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Shipwreck Diving is a complete how to ebook about the sport of wreck diving. This downloadable PDF e-book is packed with information and heavily illustrated with over 80 sensational color photographs. Daniel Berg, a noted wreck diver, instructor and author of ten shipwrecks related books, describes all the basics of wreck diving. Topics include everything from equipment modifications, communication, and wreck penetration to artifact preservation. Dan also tells how to navigate on a wreck and be able to return to the anchor line after the dive. Why some divers find more artifacts and explains how to catch lobsters. Shipwreck Diving also covers such diverse topics as shipwreck research, photography, spear fishing and how to use an underwater metal detector. This exciting book tells all the tricks of the trade that until now have only been learned through years of experience. Shipwreck divers of all caliber will find Shipwreck Diving informative, rewarding and entertaining

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