The Sherman:Princess Royal2

Originally a 200 ft. blockade-runner, this 140 year old post-Civil War wreck lies in 52 feet of water about 6 miles from Little River Inlet.  Always surrounded by multitudes of marine life, the SHERMAN also offers a variety of artifacts for the careful hunter.  US belt buckles, buttons, bottles and fossils have been found on this site,- a South Carolina shipwreck popular with divers of all skill levels. (1/2 day trip $79)

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Charleston Tug: under

This artificial reef lies in 62 feet of water just off the coast of North Myrtle Beach. The 130 foot tug is sitting upright with the top at about 30 feet and bottoms out at 62 feet. This dive consistently produces the best inshore dive visibility. In the three seasons that it’s been underwater, the tug has attracted a wide assortment of wildlife. Typical species include Barracudas, Spanish Mackeral, Spade Fish, Black Sea Bass, and Gobies. (1/2 day trip $79)

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Barracuda Alley:

This artificial reef consists of a 150 foot barge, barracuda2adorned with concrete piping and steel A-Frames for divers to swim through, and a dive platform for training, all nestled comfortably close to  a platoon of 20 armored personnel carriers!  Built in 2001, this site covers over 550ft. With a maximum depth of 63 feet, this is another great dive site for divers of all skill levels.   Spadefish and Barracuda abound, and you never know what kind of marine life you may see. This site sits 10 miles off the coast. (1/2 day trip $79)

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Originally a 180 ft. cargo ship that was used as a drug runner, this ship was sunk in approximately 1993 as part of the NC Artificial Reef program. There are lots of coral, sponges, and other marine life on this site that bottoms out at 65 ft. A great dive about 16 miles off the coast. (1/2 day trip $95)

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Pinnacle Reef:

This site was built in 2006 out of a 100-foot barge with high steel structure welded and bolted on to create a nice swim through. Concrete was then sprayed on the deck and on to the steel to enhance marine growth. When the vessel went down, it rolled over and landed upside down creating a giant cave type structure. The top starts at 45 feet and bottoms out at 63 feet. It is located 10 miles offshore, near Barracuda Alley. (1/2 day trip $79)

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The “Governor”:

This South Carolina shipwreck is a 200 foot Civil War paddle wheeler lies in 80 feet of water 22 miles off the coast. While it’s true identity remains elusive, the site offers everything from brass artifacts to Southern stingrays and a multitude of other marine life. (3/4 day trip $100)

The Pipe Wreck:

This small unknown paddle wheeler sank during the 1800’s in about 80 feet of water.   The allure of being the person that discovers the identity of this South Carolina shipwreck makes it a very special dive. (Full day trip $120)

BP-25:

In 1985, this 160 foot British Petroleum tanker was sunk as part of the South Carolina Artificial Reef Program.  The shipwreck serves as an “ocean oasis” for a rich community of marine life 90 feet deep. 40 subway cars were added to the site in 2003. (Full day trip $110)

The Bill Perry:

Part of the South Carolina Artificial Reef Program, this is a dual site consisting of a tug-boat and a military landing craft. Sunk in the 1990’s, the site attracts a variety of fish, including grouper, snapper, and queen angels. Curious sea turtles are also known to make an occasional appearance. (3/4 day trip $105)

Angel’s Ledge:

This site is a live-bottom reef ranging in depth from 40 feet to 110 feet. Known for the beautiful queen angels it attracts, it is also popular for spear fishing because of the abundance of grouper. (3/4 day trip)

The Hebe and St. Cathan:

Also known as the Twin Cities Wreck, the Hebe, a Dutch merchant vessel, and the British sub chaser St. Cathan collided during blackout conditions in 1942. Now two of South Carolina’s most popular shipwrecks for advanced divers, they now rest 1/4 mile apart in 90-110 feet of water. This site is known for artifacts, tropical and game fish, as well as Sand Tiger sharks in the spring and fall. (Full day trip $130)

The Raritan:

This 251 foot steel freighter ran aground on Frying Pan Shoals in February 1942. Broken in two pieces in 90 feet of water, the bow and stern remain intact with lush coral growth and abundant tropical marine life. For experienced divers. (Full day trip $120)

The City of Houston:

After leaving New York with a cargo of ChristmCity of Houstonas goods, this 290 foot passenger/freighter encountered a fierce storm and sank in 90 feet of water, 55 miles off the South Carolina coast.  Extensive marine life and abundant artifacts make this shipwreck well worth the trip.   For experienced divers. (Full day trip $150)

 

The 18-Fathom:

Also known as the Ore Freighter, this wreck’s identity is also elusive.  She probably sank in the early 1900’s.  For advanced divers, the depth is 128 feet deep,  but for those who make the trip,- a truly unique and exciting experience on this 300 foot long vessel. (Full day trip $150)

The Composite Wreck:

This is a special South Carolina 1800’s shipwreck that few people have seen. The wreck is 175 feet long and has ribs sticking out of the sand,- brass spikes and china have been found. Lionfish have also been found on this wreck.  At 130 feet deep, this site is also for advanced divers. (Full day trip $150)