U-85: 95-100 ft. depth. The U-85, a 218’ U Boat (type VII-B: 753 tons), was the first U boat sunk off the coast of the United States. It was sunk by the U.S. Navy destroyer the USS Roper on April 14th 1942. It lies in @100 feet of water, with the conning tower rising to 85 feet deep. (18 miles east of Nags Head)
Advance: 70 ft depth The Advance was formerly known as the USS Worland, which was a 184’ WWII patrol craft (PCE-845: 860 tons)—decommissioned on June 1, 1964. It lies in 80 feet of water, with the upper deck rising to 65 feet deep.
Jackson: 75 ft depth A 125’ U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (241 tons) was separated from its sister ship (the Bedloe) and sank in a hurricane in 1944. It lies in @75 feet of water. (8 miles northeast of the Oregon Inlet)
Bedloe: @140ft depth U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (sister ship to the Jackson)
65 Degree & 102 Degree Towers: Surface down to 100 ft. Great spearfishing spots because they are covered with fish.
Carl Gerhard: This is our most popular dive. The Carl Gerhard, a 244' freighter carrying a cargo of plasterboard, ran over the sand bar off Kill Devil Hills on September 24, 1929, after stumbling around in a storm for five days. She finally went down after striking the partially submerged remains of the Kyzickes, which met the same fate two years earlier. It quickly began to break apart, ran into the Kyzickes and broke in two. It lies at Kill Devil Hills (mile post 7) about 200 yards offshore in 20 feet of water. (2nd street parking is the closest)
Kyzickes: A 292' Greek tanker, the Kyzickes, was bound for Spain from Baltimore with a cargo of crude oil in December of 1927 when it was caught in a heavy gale. The ship drifted southward after losing power and taking on water into a ruptured hull. By morning, the Kyzikes had run onto a shoal off Kill Devil Hills. Nothing remains above water to mark the site although at low tide, the surface is within inches of the top of the stern section. Most easily distinguishable is the huge quadruple expansion engine. Also visible are the two Babcock and Wilcox Alert boilers. Sand continuously covers and uncovers this site depending on the season and the intensity of storms. The Kyzickes was cut in two when it was rammed by the Carl Gerhard in 1929. It lies at Kill Devil Hills (mile post 7) about 200 yards offshore in 20 feet of water. (2nd street parking is the closest)
Huron: A 541 ton federal gunship steamer with sail that went down on November 24, 1877. It lies 150 yards off shore in 20 feet of water. It lies about 100 yards north of the Nags Head fishing pier and 150 yards off shore in 20 feet of water. (mile post 1 at the Bladen St. access)
Explorer: The Explorer, a Civil-War-era tugboat, went down on December 12, 1919. A good portion of this wreck may be covered by sand. The wreck is right next to the
Winks Wreck (Mountaineer): This wreck sits about 100 yards off the Kitty Hawk beach in 15 - 20 feet of water (between mile posts 2 and 3). It is called the Winks wreck because it is off the beach from the Winks store.
Oriental (Boiler Wreck): Accessible by kayak only due to possible currents. The 210’ federal transport tanker sank May 16,1862. It lies 200 yards off shore in 20 feet of water (3 miles south of the Oregon Inlet bridge). A steam engine, resembling a boiler, protrudes from the surf to act as a marker.
Strathairly: Accessible by kayak only due to currents and distance from the shore. The "Strat" as we call it, was a 282’ steam freighter built in 1876. The Strat was carrying a load of iron ore from Santiago, Cuba to Baltimore, MD when she ran aground in dense fog. It lies a good distance from the shore and is oriented parallel to the beach with the bow facing north and closer to the shore than the stern. (1.25 milies south of the Chcamicomico Life-Saving Station and just north of the Rodanthe Pier)
LST-471: The LST-471 was a tank landing ship used in several battles during WWII. It ran aground during a storm while being towed for scrap along with the LST-292. It lies 250 yards off shore in 20 feet of water. (300 yards north of the Rodanthe Pier near N. Holiday Boulevard)
Pocahontas: This is a wooden paddle-wheel steamer lost during the civil war. It lies 75 yards off shore in 15 - 20 ft of water. (Sand Street access)
Outer Banks Sound wrecks: We have some great wrecks on the sound side that we like to dive when the ocean is too rough. These wrecks are mostly civil war era, like the Curlew. They lie in about 15 feet of water and the visibility is usually not great but these are really interesting places to blow bubbles. So, if you have to get wet, try these dives.
Our SECRET spot(s): New wrecks become uncovered every day and we never know what we're going to find. Stop by the shop and maybe we'll tell you some of our favorite spots.