Phase III – July 30

Back In The Saddle Again

Sunday, July 30, 2000 – Today’s participants:
  • Team 1 – Tim Gallagher
  • Team 1 – John Barone
  • Team 1 – Grant Graves
  • Team 1 – Bob Beckner
  • Team 1 – Kyle Creamer
  • Support – Bill Gambrill
  • Support – Tamara Ebert
  • Standby Diver – Gary Byrd (ECU)
  • Chase Boat Support – Andrew Donn
  • Diving Supervisor – Chris Cote (NURC)
  • DMT – Doug Kesling (NURC)
  • Photographer – Cindy Creamer
  • Dr. John Broadwater – Project Director and Chief Archeologist
  • Captain, R/V Cape Fear – Dan Aspenleiter
  • The Mate – Mike Rodaway
  • Shore Duty – Terrence Tysall
  • Shore Duty – Tane Casserley

Tane’s family came into town, and he spent the day with them. Terrence worked with John Broadwater on shore making arrangements for the rest of the expedition while the rest of us went out and tried to establish a new downline and continue the cleanup from the Navy’s work. The conditions were fair on the surface with less than a knot of current indicated. Captain Dan dropped us in the same location that he had been for the last several days; however, we drifted past the wreck at the stern and had to swim against the current on the bottom to get back to the wreck. The team with the downline (with a 3 foot diameter ball on the surface) was unable to swim against the current while dragging the line back to the wreck. They had to let the line go to make the wreck, which means we will have to try again tomorrow to get our downline established.

The visibility on the bottom was good at about 50 to 70 feet, but the light was low because of a layer of murky water at about 110 feet. Two of the divers left the bottom early, at 20 minutes (after they tried to hump that line across the bottom), and the remainder left on the scheduled 25 minutes bottom time. Each group deployed a lift bag on a line for an ascent line and the surface crew put one support diver on each bag to check on the divers. Conditions look like they may be a little worse tomorrow, but we’re going . . . see you then!

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Hello all. A salute to all divers and congratulations to the great work and safe diving. I am watching from the distance, following every step on the web page. Best wishes to all and safe diving.

Hola Mi Hermano. It makes me happy knowing that you’re keeping track. You are always with me whenever I dive. We all miss you terribly and are making sure, as on all expeditions, that there are clothes for the utes, as well as no smoming!!!

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