Dive a 240 foot barge sitting in 60 feet of water! Experience this sunken ship that has an interesting cold war history!
Fred W. Day & Charleston 60
- Open Water Students
- Certified Divers
Frederick W. Day
The Fred Day was a wooden schooner built in 1901. It sank off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, on September 17, 1914, loaded with bags of cement. The bags have formed a reef approximately 200 feet long, with the top of the reef at 40 feet and the bottom at about 55 feet. The is the only wreck we visit that sank accidentally; all others were sunk as part of the state’s artificial reef program. Because the Day wreck has been there for more than 100 years, it has some of the most interesting soft coral growth of all of our offshore sites. Because it is so shallow, it even has a few hard corals.
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.