Dive a 240 foot barge sitting in 60 feet of water! Experience this sunken ship that has an interesting cold war history!
Anchor Ledges & Charleston 60
- Open Water Students
- Certified Divers
The Anchor Ledges
The Anchor Ledges are a somewhat patchy network of limestone ledges that were carved by the old Cooper River system during the last Ice Age, when sea levels were much lower than they are today. The ledges are about 5 feet tall and covered with soft corals and sea lettuce. Shine your light under the ledges, and you’ll see nocturnal squirrelfish and lobster, or event he occasional nurse shark. The ledges run along a general north-south heading, so if you are well-practiced with your compass, it’s difficult to get lost. This dive is great for Advanced Open Water divers practicing their navigation skills, or for novices who stay up on the high side of the reef. Maximum depth on the low side of the reef is 68 feet. This reef is one of our most photogenic, so bring your GoPro!
The Charleston 60 is a 240 foot barge sitting in 60 feet of water. The deck is littered with large metal tubes that were once used as ballast for disarmed nuclear submarines during the twilight years of the Cold War, when relations began to improve between the U.S. and Russia. In a few areas you can get down between the tubes and sit on the sandy bottom, and there are lots of great rings to swim through and practice your buoyancy skills. Of the port bow, and off the stern, there are two large water towers that you can visit on a clear day. This wreck is covered in oyster toadfish, and often sees large schools of amberjacks and spadefish. There are other sites near the barge that we may anchor to as well; a favorite alternative site is “the APCs,” which consists of about 30 armored personnel carriers such as tanks and Humvees that are loaded with soft corals and fish.