There are a large number of wrecks in Puget Sound and around the Pacific Northwest that offer some great diving. They run the gamut from the shallow wrecks located in Edmonds Underwater Park to the deep dark wrecks located in the middle of the shipping lanes. Visiting these wrecks is like stepping back through time. More information on the wrecks listed below can be found in Northwest Wreck Dives.Alitak. A 94' tug sank just northeast of the Delion Dry Dock in Edmonds Underwater Park in 1972 GPS: 47° 48.842' N 122° 23.082' W
America. This square-rigged, 232' long sailing ship was towed right up onto the rocks of San Juan Island by the tug Lorne in 1914. The cargo of coal that she carried, now harbors urchins and kelp.
Andalusia. An impressive Panamanian flagged Tramp Steamer that sank near Neah Bay in 1949 carrying a cargo of 5 million board feet of lumber. This 7,700 ton freighter is twice the size of the Diamond Knot and is just covered with marine life.
Barbara G. Another very nice, shallow wreck dive just off the end of the Harper's Fishing Pier in Kitsap County (Port Orchard).
The Boss. A pair of easy, shallow wrecks, located just 5 miles due West of the Alki boat ramp that make a great second dive to many of the sites around Blakely Harbor. GPS: 47° 35.465' N 122° 29.766' W
Burton. The Steamship Burton once carried passengers and light cargo from Tacoma to Vashon Island as part of the Mosquito Fleet. She sank in shallow water after burning in Gig Harbor in 1924. A very nice, shallow dive that is best in the winter when there is less boat traffic in this busy harbor.
Cabezon. The 130' fishing vessel Cabezon was burned and sank in the Bellingham channel. Wicked currents make this a challenging, but rewarding dive for the avid wreck enthusiast.
Carkeek Park Wreck. A relatively new fishing boat hanging out on the bottom along with a bunch of it's own crab pots.
Comet. Once home to some "wild and crazy guys", the comet sits just 200' from the Port Hadlock boat ramp, making it a nice shore dive.
Concrete Sailboat. A monstrosity of a three level, concrete sailboat that was sunk in Budd Inlet.
Dauntless. December 30, 1923 the well known mosquito fleet steamer "Dauntless" broke loose from her moorings at Kingston during a storm and drifted across the Sound to pile up on the beach near Meadow Point, a total loss.Des Moines Wreck. A 55' Yacht that caught fire in the Des Moines marina in 1994 sank just off of Normandy Park. This site makes a nice second dive after diving the KVI tower. Only 45 -50' deep and covered with marine life.
Edmonds Underwater Park(several wrecks and the dry dock). This is a wonderful dive site, with many, many different objects placed in the park. The fish are HUGE, with Ling Cod that get over 5', but the surface swim can be very tiring.
Ferndale. A 150 ton steam ship that had a very short life on Puget Sound. She foundered and was destroyed by fire south of Lopez Island in December of 1890.Four Mile Rock Barges. A couple of HUGE barges sunk just outside of Elliot Bay near West Point in about 100' of water. Loaded with life, fishing nets and cave line.
Orca. The Orca is a very pleasant dive on a 45' tug that is resting quietly on the bottom in 65' of water just north of the Port Hadlock marina.
Owen Beach Barge. An awesome site in the summer, when the SixGill sharks come up into the shallows to feed and mate. I've seen Sixgills on many dives at this site. Watch the currents though, North Wall is mere feet away, and the currents can get ripping. 47° 18.89' N 122° 31.71' W
Phillip Foss. A small tug that sank off of Port Orchard Harbor. It's safe to skip this dive.Possession Point Ferry. One of the best dives in Puget Sound. The Washington State Ferry Kehloken (230' long by 50' wide) has been sitting on the bottom since 1983 off the South tip of Whidbey Island, and is completely covered with Marine Growth.
Salt Water State Park. A nice park, a bit of along swim to an old barge that was sunk as fish habitat in the 60's. Lots of critters for you macro photographers.
Seahurst Barge. A LONG 300 yard swim out to the remains of an old wood barge that is mostly ribs and vent pipes. Lots of species of nudibranchs and interesting fish.Shilshole Barges. Large barges sunk near the yellow barge mooring buoy just off of shilshole. Also know as the "Vertical Barge" and the "Horizontal Barge".
Atlantic City. Huge Oak timbers and hand planed planking mark the remains of this once graceful steamer lying in 120' of water at the South End of Lake Washington.
Dawn. A 55' wood hulled passenger steamer that once ferried students from Mercer Island to Leschi Park. One of my favorite Lake Washington dives and relatively shallow at 115'.
Diamond Girl. A 35' Motor Sailor with an impressive diamond plate bow and lots of custom aluminum work around the bulwarks and inside the cabin.
Hauler. A 60' long wood hulled boat, that resembles a Chinese Junk lies quietly forgotten on the bottom at the south end of the lake. Viz was really poor on this dive, so no good photos!
Hauled Barge. An interesting old wooden barge, located just South of the Hauler.
King Street Scow. An old wood barge that sank just north of the I-90 bridge in 45' of water, not far from the end of King Street.
PA-d3 Barge. An old steel barge on the bottom of Lake Washington. Three open compartments and wood plank floor adorn this odd shaped vessel used to haul lumber or coal.
PB4Y-2 Privateer Bomber. Amazing WWII Privateer Bomber lying at the bottom of Lake Washington, just off the Magnuson Park Boat Ramp. With her guns still pointing off into the murky depths of the lake at about 150' Deep, and very low visibility but a cool dive.
PBM Martin Mariner . A huge flying boat from WWII that sank after striking an obstruction in front of the Boeing Seaplane ramp at the south end of Lake Washington. Only 70' deep, and a nice dive.
Snickerdoodle Tug. A small tug in the south end of the lake that was scuttled with lots of barrels. Several portholes have fallen on the bottom around this wreck.
Sonny. A very nice 38' fishing boat that is still in excellent condition in the south end of Lake Washington.
Steele Dodge (aka Sherman Wreck) (1). A 1950 dodge sedan that slid off the icy curves into Lake Crescent on January 24th, 1960. Beverly Sherman's suitcase was recovered from the trunk of the vehicle in 2004 after spending 44 years on the bottom.
Warren Wreck. Blanch and Russell Warren disappeared on July 3rd, 1929, without a trace until their car was recently (2002) found off of ambulance point in Crescent Lake. A unique, historical dive with cold, clear, 170' deep water. [ Map Location ]
YMS Minesweepers. Just discovered in 2007, this is the third YMS Minesweeper found out in the middle of Lake Washington, and the one that is in the best shape. 128 feet long and 200 feet deep. An awesome dive, but deep and dark.