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Diving the shipwrecks of North Carolina

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IT IS ALL ABOUT HUNTERS, THE HUNTED AND THE HAPLESS
By Stephen Weir

Fidgety. Overheated. Impatient. The man with the double nitrox aluminum tanks and fully accessorized dry suit (with neoprene sneakers and matching gloves and hood) waited as the dive boat was secured to the remains of a Nazi U-boat sunk off the coast of North Carolina five wars ago.
One of a dozen club members from Boston, he was sweating both figuratively and literally to get wet. For him this was the ultimate North Carolina T-shirt dive, the reason why he spent close to a day white knuckling it down the interstate to secure a berth at the end of the bench of the 55ft long dive boat Midnight Express.
To his right, a photographer from Raleigh stood in the on-deck shower area. He grabbed the ship’s hand-held fresh water hose and filled his thin 3 mm wetsuit with hot water to get himself toasty warm before jumping into the rolling Atlantic Ocean.
One diver was dressed for the south, the other for under the ice. But bo…

Dive Directory North Carolina

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Dive Directory for North Carolina Wreck Dives


According to www.nc-wreckdiving.com, a club operated website, there are over 50 dive shops and charter boats operating in the state. Of note are:

Atlantis Charters
Captain Bobby Edwards
145 Intracoastal Drive
Beaufort, NC 28516
252-728-6244
www.atlantischarters.net/

Divers Down
Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
28512
Captain Bob Cox
(252) 240-2043
http://DiverDownScubaDiving.com

Dive Hatteras
Ann and Dave Sommers
Teaches Lair Marina,
Hatteras Village, NC
27943
703.818.1850
www.divehatteras.com

Ghost Fleet Dive Charters
Captain Crocket
Dive Boat: Poppy
212 Thicket Lump Road
Wanchese, NC 27981
(252) 423-0451
www.ghostfleetdivecharters.com

Olympus Dive Center
Captain Bobby Purifoy,
713 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
252-726-9432
www.olympusdiving.com

Outer Banks Diving
Captain John "Johnny" Pieno
57540 Hwy 12
Hatteras Village, NC
27943
252-986-1056
www.outerbanksdiving.com/