Very little is known of the three Roayl Bay Mystery Wrecks known only as: the Royal Bay 30m Wreck; the Royal Bay 35m Wreck; and the Royal Bay 55m Wreck. The wrecks were brought to the attention of the SREU by Jacques Marc of the UASBC. Jacques believes that it is likely that the ships were scuttled, and a dive on the Royal Bay 55m Wreck by a dive team from Washington State seems to support this hypothisis. On April 2, 2008 dives by Ron Akeson, Dave A Hancock, Paul Hangartner, Mark Theune, and Rob Wilson provided the following report:
Bottom depth 260-265 feet. The bottom type is a fine silt. The wreck is made of heavy steel/Iron and the hull rises 2 meters (5-6 feet) from the sand. It has a very narrow beam (20 feet estimated) and is canoe like, being pointed at both ends. The deck is gone, but some internal frames are visible, but mostly covered The bow is very pointy and has a slight upward rake to it. There is a circular hatch about 3 feet back from the bow (stern). One side of the hull is lined with short stanchions(?) on a chain, most have fallen over. There were no distinguishing features on the opposite side. About 1 /3 of the way from the stern to bow is a large net which is hung up on one of the stanchions. A number of floats are keeping the net suspended 15-20 feet in the water column. ) Paul found a slight wall aft(?) of amidships about 4 feet tall. Rob Wilson found some yellow plastic tubes lying in the hull just forward of the net. They were approx 1.5 - 2" dia x 8-10" long with no ID markings on them.
The current has scoured an area around what appears to be the stern. The vessel appears to have been stripped prior to sinking. It is devoid any fittings or equipment
Scans of the the Royal Bay 30m Wreck, the Royal Bay 35m Wreck and the Royal Bay 55m Wreck were supplied by the UASBC:fonte:http://www.unifiedteamdiving.com
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