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WV Diver
08-07-2011, 09:44
I dove the U-352 last weekend! It was a really fun dive and my first sub. We went out of Morehead City with Discovery Diving. They run a good and busy shop.

The sub sits with the bow heading close to due North on your compass. It is about 120' to the sand. The sub is small with little relief. As a result the dive will log as about a 110' dive, maybe a little less on a good day with no current. She lists slightly to her starboard side and is settled in the sand and a medium size barracuda patrols her.

The sub is a 218' type VII-C German Underseaboat (U boat). See attached links for further details. German submarine U-352 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-352) Wreck of the U-352 (http://www.nc-wreckdiving.com/WRECKS/U352/U352.HTML) ‪U-352‬‏ - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPe53K_ilo)

The day we were there the current was rather strong from the surface all the way down the anchor line to the sub. Once on the sub the current let up a little and was manageable but still something to contend with. Unfortunately due to the strong currents most did not take their cameras but I did manage to obtain a few fair pictures.

PTAaron
08-07-2011, 10:14
Cool pictures!
Sounds like a challenging dive.

ReefHound
08-07-2011, 10:37
There is an aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores about 10 miles from Morehead City that has a 3/4 size replica of the U-352.
North Carolina Aquariums Shipwrecks (http://www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores/shipwrecks)

WV Diver
08-07-2011, 10:59
Yes, it is in a lot better shape.

Davetowz
08-07-2011, 21:42
That is probably my favorite dive ever! I love the 352.

Tassie Diver
08-08-2011, 05:05
Awesome! Great pics. Goes to show, it's always worth taking the camera!

nashwl
02-09-2012, 04:36
Thanks for the pictures. That looks like something that would be well worth the training.

Davetowz
02-09-2012, 11:19
All the dives from Morehead city are awesome! I prefer to go out with Olympus, headed there Memorial day weekend, still have 3 slots open!

AfterDark
02-17-2012, 05:26
All the dives from Morehead city are awesome! I prefer to go out with Olympus, headed there Memorial day weekend, still have 3 slots open!

+1 Olympus runs a great op. I'm trying to get back there a little later, June 6th-12th I think. I haven't done the U352 yet maybe this year! I've got the U853 here in RI but the vis is not as good. We had 100' vis on the Papoose down in NC last year!

Noob
02-17-2012, 14:29
very cool!

Lulubelle
02-17-2012, 17:47
Let me know if any of you want any feedback on the wrecks. I only dive the ones within recreational limits. The sub is not my favorite as there isn't a ton of fish life on it, and I have been on it a goodly number of times now.

The Atlas and the Caribsea are probably my two favorites, the Papoose/Hutton the next, though the captains cannot always get east of the shoals to the Atlas and Caribsea. But when they do, they are usually covered in Sand Tigers.

Some of us locals have a boat going out June 9 and 10, may have some spots left if you are in town.

Davetowz
02-18-2012, 01:20
Lulu, I will be there Memorial day weekend, hafta arrange a coffee cup meetup!
BTW, Tigers are awesome!

Clernix
02-19-2012, 09:19
Lulu, I have been to the beach in Northern Florida and the water was brown and clouded. Could you describe the average vis you guys are getting in NC. In this thread they are talking about 100' vis. That is probably in perfect conditions but what is an average day? I picture diving in NC almost like a lake dive; am I totally off base? Also what suits do you guys dive? Is everyone using dry suits or is a 7mm plenty?

scubarobin
02-19-2012, 10:39
Clernix.... I have videos you might want to check out. We had bad vis due to storms rolling through for 2 weeks straight prior. That said, we still had a great time for 2 days of diving, and zillions of fish, including sharks.
https://vimeo.com/album/266754


LuLu.... hey girl. We do still plan to come back out to NC, we have just been a little strapped financially. When we get dates, we will let you know so we can get together and dive!

robin

Herbdb
02-19-2012, 11:12
Many of the offshore wrecks lie in the Gulf Stream, especially during the summer when it shifts to the West. Here is a link to my pictures of the U352: U-352 (http://www.herbsuwshots.com/U352.html)

It is a unique dive. We have a three day trip scheduled for early July with Discovery Dive Center.

dannyh
02-19-2012, 20:46
Wow, this looks like a fun and challenging dive. I'm jealous!

AfterDark
02-23-2012, 04:38
I'm trying to find the money to get down there with my LDS. A little pricey (for me) but great diving!! Saturday 6/9 - Saturday 6/16

I'm thinking I'll be doing less than the full 7 days maybe 2 possibly 3 days.

Jun. 9, 2012 - MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP
Jun. 9, 2012 - MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP Dive the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” with Giant Stride Dive Shop. I come back here every year because the diving is that good. Great wrecks, Sand Tiger Sharks, good pricing and great viz! The first leg of the trip when we start diving is Saturday 6/9 - Saturday 6/16 diving out of Olympus Dive Center on awesome wrecks at 80 to 130 fsw, viz is 40 to 100 ft. Water temp. is in the 80's! You can view the wrecks we will dive at Olympus Dive Center (http://www.olympusdiving.com) I drive down so I can take my own tanks and gear. (you can rent tanks and lead from Olympus if you Fly & don't want to drive.) Morehead is a 14 hour drive. Must have an Advanced Open Water Cert., SMB, safety sausage or liftbag, whistle and redundsant airsource. Hyperbaric Insurance is also mandatory! Call 401-7three2-8808 or come in and sign up, and leave a deposit to insure your spot. Deposits constitute a commitment and are non refundable. Cost is $135.00 per day for diving $35.00 per nite for lodging at the bunk house. Cost is $170.00 per day for 7 days of diving and lodging or just 1190.00 if you make a $350.00 deposit before March 1,2012. Cost is $180.00 per day or $1260.00 March 1,2012 or after.

Herbdb
02-23-2012, 09:11
AfterDark,

My LDS has a three day trip with 8 dives that will run twice this summer. I am signed up for the first trip. This may fit your needs.

http://www.indianvalleytravel.com/pdfs/diveTravel/IVT_2012_NCWrecks.pdf

Their web site is here.

http://www.indianvalleyscuba.com/main/travel%20page/travel.html

AfterDark
02-23-2012, 21:23
AfterDark,

My LDS has a three day trip with 8 dives that will run twice this summer. I am signed up for the first trip. This may fit your needs.

http://www.indianvalleytravel.com/pdfs/diveTravel/IVT_2012_NCWrecks.pdf


Their web site is here.

http://www.indianvalleyscuba.com/main/travel%20page/travel.html

Hey Herbdb, thanks for the info. My LDS's trip is all people I dive with here in RI. The owner is a friend so I usually pay the price to dive with that group. I've got some deals pending that may happen soon (I hope) in which case I will be going again and will book with IVS for a second trip! Or if I can't swing that trip then I will be boooking with IVS. I like the sound of that..a second trip.

comet24
02-24-2012, 16:35
Vis really depends on conditions. I would say 100' is very good. 50' seems to be the norm if there is such a thing. I've seen 75' before and 15'. The deeper wrecks further off shore have better vis. Any of the wrecks in the 50-60' range are closer in and vis will be worse.

I dive in a 5mm with either a 2mm or 3mm hooded vest but the lastest I've dived is October. There's a guy that dives with use that will dive in a bathing suit and t-shirt but he's a little crazy to begin with. In the summer your likely only see dry suits on tec charter where they are diving deeper and longer.

Remember conditions at a beach and more inland are more effected by wind then deeper sites.

I've dived with Discovery Diving, Olympus and with Boddy Cox on the Diver Down. Boddy my preferred charter he knows his stuff and will let us dive how we want when we charter the boat, Olympus is good but they get very crowded and more strick on there rules nothing wrong with that and great if your new to NC diving. Only been out with Discovery once I liked the shop owner but really don't have enough experience with them. I would dive with them again.