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Northwest Wreck Dives Paperback – November 18, 2008
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What happens when a former off-shore drilling rig captain meets a former Alaskan crab fisherman and they discover they share a passion for diving on shipwrecks?
The answer: The first edition of "Northwest Wreck Dives," by Scott Boyd and Jeff Carr.
The two adventuresome souls spent every weekend the past two years searching for and diving on more than 100 sunken ships and boats in Puget Sound, Lake Washington, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and around the San Juan Islands and, for good measure, two cars in Lake Crescent near Port Angeles.
To find all these submerged hulks of wood and steel, they relied on a database maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, friends, rumors, history books and, as Boyd puts it, "blind, dumb luck."
The book covers more than 100 wrecks in detail. The authors map the wrecks, rate them by degree of dive difficulty and provide GPS locations, depths, current conditions, dive tips and history of the wrecks.
There's the War Hawk, a 193-foot-long Yankee Clipper Ship launched before the Civil War and sitting at the bottom of Discovery Bay southwest of Port Townsend, where it sank in 1883 after it caught fire while tied up at the dock of the Discovery Bay mill.
It was set adrift to keep the mill from catching on fire and sank in about 35 feet of water, where it remains in what the authors call "astonishing condition." --The Olympian - Published December 14, 2008
About the Author
Born and raised in Oregon, my hometown is the small town of Newport on the Central Oregon coast. From Newport I found my way to Alaska in the commercial fishing industry from 1985 to 1995, finishing my career there on the Alaska Trojan in the crab fishery.
I have been diving since 1988 and was certified as a Divemaster in 1996 and later a PADI instructor at Eugene Skin Divers in 1997. After Alaska, I enrolled in college and graduated from the University of Oregon in December of 2000 with a bachelor s degree in Marketing. In 2002 I moved to Washington and began my career in the timber industry with Washington Alder, where I work to this day.
I met Scott and Janet in Olympia in 2005 at the Kelp Krawlers Dive Club and quickly realized that I was only the second most obsessive wreck geek that I knew. We began our book project in 2007 and one day in the summer of 2008 we realized that we would never ever be done with it. When you read this, it is likely that we are out looking for more wrecks.
While Jeff was off playing "Deadliest Catch" in the Bering Sea, Scott was hard at work as the captain of an offshore oil rig. He spent 14 years working offshore in southeast Asia (where it was warm). Once he came to his senses and moved back to Northwest, he found that he missed the ocean, so took up diving.
Eventually, his passion for underwater photography and his quest for new adventures lead him to the wrecks in Truk Lagoon. The WWII history is still alive and well on the bottom of that remarkable setting. This lead to the more exploration and adventures in many caves and wrecks around the world.
Then Scott met Jeff. The old Roughneck and the Crab Fisherman just instantly "jelled" and have been finding and diving wrecks ever since (Janet wishes to add that Scott has been doing plenty of diving, but the house seems to be falling apart around her due to a lack of maintenance - I really don't know what she means).
Jeff is really the most obsessive wreck geek on the planet. This book would not have been possible without his enthusiasm, persistence and relentless passion for wreck diving.
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