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Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2003 18:08:38 -0400
To: "Michael Barnette" <barney00@ta*.rr*.co*>,
     "VBTech list"
From: Capt JT <captjt@mi*.co*>
Subject: Re: U.S.S. Virginia
Cc: <>
Mike, it was not a troll. Call the guy, he gave his phone number for the 
story. I have removed his email as I am sure he has no interest in the dick 
waving. I heard of the incident but no name was given to me who it was. As 
for the depths......those depths came from Ken Clayton. He will be quick to 
tell you that you have not calculated the error of your depth gauges as 
most are calibrated for FW. You can bet your ass he has done his and stuck 
his hand in the deepest washout of the no one can say they 
hit a deeper spot than him.

   At 05:36 PM 8/6/03 -0400, Michael Barnette wrote:
>Good timing (and trolling) JT.  Yes, you are correct about the incident.
>However, it had nothing to do with current, as there has been a general
>absence of current in Hatteras this year.
>The incident occurred due to a freak front that moved through, with the
>weather quickly changing from stable 3-foot seas and 10 knot winds, to 10-12
>foot spilling seas and 20-25 knot winds.  Couple that with our boat breaking
>a throttle cable that disabled it for an extended duration while we were on
>deco, which prompted our captain to wisely call in our friends on the R/V
>Cape Fear, who were just leaving the U.S.S. Monitor site.  They did a great
>job of negotiating the rough seas and picking us up; it was nice to see so
>many familiar faces in a situation like that.
>The dive itself went great, as we had zero current and incredibly clear
>water on the bottom.  It was phenomenal!  In spite of the damage inflicted
>by Mitchell to the superstructure of the Virginia, the hull itself is pretty
>damn solid.  There is one area on the starboard side near the stern that has
>a significant amount of damage.  You could scooter right into the interior
>of the ship, and brass artifacts such as bomb-proof lights (ironic) were
>still attached to bulkheads.  The running gear of the Virginia looked to
>have been removed prior to its sinking (no rudder, struts, shaft, or props).
>Big warsaw grouper on the wreck too.
>I have just added some video clips to the AUE website if you want to see the
>wreck for yourself.
>The actual footage will also be available for anyone visiting the Graveyard
>of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras; they have the start of a nice display on
>Billy Mitchell and the sinkings of the Virginia and New Jersey.
>BTW, the Virginia is deeper than 390fsw, as we hit 397fsw and we were still
>well off the bottom; the wreck sits in a huge washout, testament to the
>strong currents that run over the wreck.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Capt JT" <captjt@mi*.co*>
>To: "VBTech list" <VBTech@ci*.co*>
>Cc: <clark@bu*.co*>; <>
>Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 4:50 PM
>Subject: Re: Have you dived the battleship USS New Jersey?
> > At 10:21 AM 8/6/03 -0600, you wrote:
> > >Hello. I work for a newspaper in New Jersey called the Courier-Post.
> > >writing a story about the original battleship USS New Jersey that was
>sunk 3
> > >miles off of Cape Hatteras in 1923. I was trying to find someone who has
> > >dived
> > >down to that ship.
> > >
> > >Have you done that? Or do you know of someone who has?
> >
> > Hi Clark
> > I have not dived the wreck New Jersey yet, it rest in 335fsw very close to
> > the Virginia which rest in 390fsw. I have added several NG list to this
> > email as I know of several divers who have dived those wrecks and are
> > members of those list and I'm sure they will contact you privately. I do
> > know that these wrecks lay in high current water and that just recently
> > I've been told a group tried to dive one of those wrecks and had to be
> > rescued by another boat other than the one they were diving from, those
> > wrecks are best dived in the spring and fall when the current is not as
> > strong I been told by the local Captains.
> >
> > Hope this helps with your story
> > Capt JT
> >
> >
> > >It's very deep - 300 feet or so - which I know is much deeper than the
> > >average
> > >diver would go.
> > >
> > >Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
> > >
> > >Clark Perks
> > >The Courier-Post
> > >856-486-2956 (work)
> > >856-983-1884 (home)
> >
> >
> > "You can't learn to dive on the net, sooner or later you have to get in
> > water"
> > Your Guide to Great Wreck Diving along the East Coast & more
> >   Web Site
> > Email     captjt@mi*.co*
> >
> >
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