Recreational Dive Sites

Burnham Rock | 60′-140′

This is a trench which runs south east, on either side of the trench there are nice rock formations where different species’ of fish school, large mussels, anemones, and sun stars also live here.

Typical visibility 30+ feet, this is an advanced dive where there is a lot to explore, depth, time, gas/air all have to be looked at. Mooring is at top of trench in 65 feet.

Dry Salvages | 25′-80′

A group of rocks that penetrate the surface, where there are large boulders and granite rocks to swim around. Seals are regulars here and this is also one of the better lobster sites early in the season.

Usually better visibility: 30-40 feet, Current is a serious consideration with this dive and the captain will advise based on the day’s condition. Anchoring site.

Halfway Rock | 15′-105′

This is a premiere New England dive site. Rock island halfway between Boston and Gloucester. Awesome rock formations and shear walls covered in marine life.

Typical visibility 25-35 feet. Depth can be a factor. This is an anchoring site.

Kettle Island | 20′-75′

The front side (facing east), has large granite slabs which eventually meets sand. The back (west facing), is sandier but has some great rock formations. The wall (south facing) is a steep rock wall with some great swim-through and large boulders. This is a popular lobster hunt, but is very scenic for the photographer. Depths range from 20-65 feet front, 20-55 feet back, 15-75 feet wall.

Typical visibility 20-30 feet. Anchoring site.

Thatcher Island | 25′-55′

This island is off of Rockport and is most recognized for its twin lighthouses. The site has very nice topography and is a popular lobster hunting site.

Typical visibility 25-30 feet. Nice trenches to help with navigation, this is an anchoring site.

Paddock Rock | 15′-90′

This is an underwater pinnacle with an awesome south facing wall that “steps” down to a trench. Lots of fish and other marine life here. This is a moored site. Depths: Top of the pinnacle is 15-20 feet, first step on the wall is 45-50 feet, next step 65-70 feet, and the trench is in 90 feet. Great site for advanced classes.

Typical visibility 25-35 feet. Depth can be a consideration if a diver wants to go down the wall. This is a moored site.

Pickett’s Ledge | 20′-80′

Rock pinnacle that breaks the surface, huge cracks and crevices to swim through. Lobsters can be found here, among other marine creatures.

Typical visibility 25-35 feet. Pay attention to your compass as some cracks can lead your farther than you want! This is an anchor site.

Popple Stone Ledge | 15′-70′

Rock pinnacle off of Magnolia Rocks. Nice topography, lots of marine life including lobsters.

Typical visibility 20-30 feet. Boat traffic can be heavy in the mid-summer months so the captain will make the call if he doesn’t think it’s safe. This is an anchoring site.

Wreck & Techncial Dive Sites

Chester Poling | 70′-95′

Stern (Back) section of a coastal oil tanker which is 130 feet long and 40 feet wide. Easily penetrated by experienced divers. Lot’s of things to see, including various pipe equipment and a deck catwalk extending along the main deck. Various new England fish hang out here, as well as sponges, mussels, anemones, and various crabs. Top of the deck is in 70 feet, along the hull the sand reaches a max depth of 95 feet.

Typical visibility 20-30 feet, current can be on the first 15 feet from the surface, but the captain will advise on the day’s condition. This is an advanced dive.

New York Central #14 (PUG wreck) | 120′

Self powered steam lighter, only 110 feet long by 30 feet wide, this wreck was known simply as “the pug” for years, but has since been conclusively identified as the New York Central #14.

Typical visibility 10-20 feet. This is an advanced dive.

Charles Haight | 30′

The Haight is a 7,100 ton 422′ liberty stranded on shoals off Rockport. It was extensively salvaged and had broken up.

Typical visibility 20 feet.

Chelsea | 60′

The Chelsea was formerly known as the Texaco #145 – a 170′ coastal tanker that grounded and sank off Rockport in 1957.

Typical visibility 20 feet.

Crane Wreck | 150′

The Crane is an approximately 200-ton crawler crane that fell off a barge and sank. The top of the boom is in about 130′, and the tip lays off in the sand at 150′. The barge is nearby, turtled, but can be an interesting dive as well. Boom structure is covered with extensive growth – this is generally a very pretty dive.

Typical visibility is 15-20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression training required.

F/V Northern Voyager | 180′

The F/V Northern Voyager is a 144′ factory fishing ship that foundered and sank during post-refit sea trials in 1997. The wreck sits partially turtled in 180′, but the top can be reached in about 150′. Not a lot of growth, but a great recent wreck dive.

Typical visibility is 15-20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

Chester Poling (Bow) | 190′

The bow section of this coastal tanker is located in 190′ of water, several miles from the stern section, which is a popular and much shallower dive. The bow is turtled, and sits in a silty area, so visibility is usually not great.

Typical visibility is 10”. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

F/V Nina T | 100′

The F/V Nina T is a 70′ wooden fishing trawler sitting in 100′ of water just off Gloucester. Visibility is generally good, although the wreck is very broken up.

Typical visibility is 15-20′. This is an advanced dive.

USS New Hampshire | 30′

The USS New Hampshire was a 76-gun ship of the line, launched in 1819, and lost to a fire off Manchester by the Sea in 1922, while she was being towed to a scrap yard. Hull is very broken up, and mostly beams and copper sheathing buried in the sandy bottom.

Typical visibility 10 feet. Very easy dive.

Miss Sonya | 160′

F/V Miss Sonya is a 43′ steel-hulled western rigged trawler that worked out of Gloucester, and was lost in heavy seas in 2008. Today the wreck sits upright, listing to starboard, and is covered in entanglements, mono, nets and its own fishing gear.

Typical visibility is 15-20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression training required.

Brenton Reef Lightship LV-39 | 175′

Used as a general coastal lightship, the Brenton Reef Lightship (LV-39) was a 120′ wood hulled vessel that saw service on several stations all over the northeast. She sank under tow in 1975. The wreck is breaking up, but is upright, and still allows for penetration.

Typical visibility is 15-20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

Alma E.A. Holmes | 160′

The Holmes was a 202′ 4-masted coal schooner that sank under sail off Marblehead in 1914. The wreck can have excellent winter visibility, and has many great features including large ribs, hull sections, planking, machinery, bollards, anchors and more.

Typical visibility is 10-20′, but can be upward of 50′ in the winter’. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression training required.

Romance | 80′

The Romance was a 245′ coastal excursion steamer that sank on September 9, 1936 following a collision with the steamer SS New York. After her sinking the wreck was clam-shelled to remove obstructions, and much of what remains is a debris field, but the large boilers feature prominently.

Typical visibility is 10-20′, but can be poorer in the summer’. Current can often be an issue at this site, captain will advise.

Baleen | 170′

The Baleen is a 102′ steel hulled tug boat that sank in 1975 following an onboard fire while towing a barge. The wreck of the Baleen sits in 170′ of water, and is upright with a slight list, however over the past couple of years the structures above the deck have begun to deteriorate significantly. The wheelhouse and much of the deckhouse have collapsed off into the sand on the starboard side of the wreck. The wreck is covered with growth and is a beautiful dive for advanced divers.

Typical visibility is 20’+. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression training required.

USS YF-415 | 240′

The USS YF-415 was a covered lighter, or light freighter intended for near-coastal and navy yard freight work, although the YF class ships were used for many purposes over the years. USS YF-415 was 132′ in length, and steel construction, and was lost due to a massive explosion onboard on May 11, 1944. Reports indicate the explosion was due to the poor handling procedures of live ammunition and naval ordinance that was scheduled for disposal in deep water off the Massachusetts coast. The wreck lies upright but bow-down in 240′ of water, with the bow buried into the mud.

Typical visibility is 10-20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

James M. Hudson (Twin Anchor Wreck) | 180′

The James M. Hudson, also known as the Twin Anchor Wreck, or Two Anchor Wreck (for the two large anchors that feature prominently on the wreck) is believed to be a schooner barge typical of the era and region, probably carrying a cargo of coal. The wreck is mostly intact and upright, with the stern more broken up into a debris field stretching out from the wreck.

Typical visibility is 10-20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

Coyote | 170′

The Coyote was a large coal steamer that was scuttled in the dumping grounds in the 1930’s. The wreck is mostly intact, and generally covered in the typical hazards, including nets and mono.

Typical visibility is 20′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

Lt. Sam Mengel (Bone Wreck) | 180′

The Bone wreck is a large schooner barge thought to likely be the Lt. Sam Mengel, a schooner that was eventually converted into a barge and sunk off Boston in the 1930’s. Generally a great dive if the visibility is good, this wreck is very large, and intact, and prominently features a whale skeleton scattered about the inside, from an unlucky mammal who apparently became hopelessly entangled in the wreck and remains their for us to explore!

Typical visibility is 10-15′. This is an advanced deep dive – decompression and mixed gas training required.

Mars | 120′

The Mars was a 117′ wood-hulled tug boat lost in a collision in 1942. The wreck sits upright in 120′ of water, on a soft bottom, with generally poorer visibility.

Typical visibility is 5-10′.

Pinthis | 110′

The Pinthis was a 206′ coastal oil tanker that sank following a collision with the SS Fairfax in 1930. As the Pinthis sank, the Fairfax was severely damaged by a fire, resulting in a total loss of 47 lives from the collision and ensuing fire. The wreck is turtled in about 105′ of water, and is deteriorating rapidly. Visibility is generally good.

Typical visibility is 20-25′.

Unknown Trawler | 110′

The Unknown Trawler is an unidentified wreck of a fishing trawler in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The wreck is very broken up, with several main area so wreckage including the trawl wheel, wheelhouse, and hull areas, all general within sight of each other and the mooring anchor. This is generally a site with great visibility and lots of marine life, including large cod and pollack. The mooring is connected to a large mushroom anchor buried in the sand, but is not connected to the wreck itself.

Typical visibility is 20-30′.

F/V Patriot | 105′

The fishing vessel Patriot was a 62′ steel-hulled western rig dragger that foundered and sank in 100′ of water in 2009. The wreck was originally located in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, but “disappeared” after the storms of the 2012-2013 winter. It has subsequently been relocated, nearby to its original position, and in virtually the same condition and attitude.

Typical visibility is 20′.

Heroic | 100′

The Heroic is a fishing vessel in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary that we first dove in 2013. The wreck is broken up but was a wood hulled vessel with a a large engine and miscellaneous machinery spread over the area.

Typical visibility is 25-30′.