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    July 16, 2014

    Diving The Ruby E Wreck

    July 12, 2014

    Back on the boat from my first dive, I took off my BCD and sat down.

    I started to get a little sick – like dizzy – and it felt like my dry suit was constricting.

    Then I figured out, yes, my dry suit is constricting because the release valve is open and I was getting dizzy because the boat was tossing up and down in the swells.

    I unzipped my dry suit and stared at the horizon while repeating the mantra, “I am macho, to puke is to be non-macho.”

    I felt better after a while.

    Captain Jeff of the Pacific Swann provided chicken noodle soup and Mike C. provided smoked salmon to eat while we did our surface interval.

    The boat motored over and moored onto the marker for the Ruby E.

    After 45 minutes, divers were heading back into the water – Donna and I were the first two over.

    I felt cold water leaking into my dry suit.

    I gave my zipper a quick jerk to seal it and that stopped the leak.

    Captain Jeff on the Pacific Swann

    We swam to the bow line and descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #470

    Dove with Donna The Hot Biker Chick

    The Ruby E Wreck
    San Diego, CA USA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 83 feet
    Waves: Choppy on the surface
    Visibility: 10 to 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 78 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 32 minutes

    Donna going down
    Donna going down.

    Exploring the Ruby E

    I haven’t dove the Ruby E. for probably seven or eight years – a lot has changed.

    There are no solid walls above the deck and it looks like the hull has partially collapsed.

    Donna and I ventured inside…

    Inside the Ruby E

    Inside the Ruby E

    Fish  under the stern of the Ruby E.
    Fish under the stern of the Ruby E.

    Ruby plaque
    The Ruby E – 1934 – 1989

    Apparently, the Ruby E was originally a smuggler’s boat until being turned into a Coast Guard vessel.

    Ruby E wreck

    Off Gassing over the Ruby E
    Off Gassing over the Ruby E.

    In a way, I like diving this wreck better than the Yukon because it’s much smaller and less intimidating.

    Me and Donna
    Me and my diving buddy, Donna The Hot Biker Chick.

    The Pacific Swann is a comfortable six-pack diving boat run by Captain Jeff.

    Soup, snacks, water, weights and completely filled tanks were available for the excursion – he did the best to make our trip as enjoyable as possible, and he succeeded.

    However, unless you enjoy diesel exhaust, don’t sit at the rear of the boat while the engines are on – a feature that heavy smokers should appreciate.

    Apparently, Captain Jeff has a real job during the week and the Pacific Swann is his “weekend warrior” project.

    Bob and I went directly back home after the boat docked; his excellent driving ability to weave in and out of slow moving traffic got us back within two hours.

    July 14, 2014

    Diving The Yukon Off The Pacific Swann

    July 12, 2014

    I was offered a deal that I could not refuse – the last spot on a six-pack diving boat on a trip to the Yukon and Ruby E wrecks.

    Financing and a ride to San Diego was arranged thanks to Mean Bob of Divevets.

    Bob was due to pick me up at 6 AM; I got news that a very close relative has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at 5:30 AM.

    There was nothing I could do about it, and if I cancelled at the last minute, all it would do was free me up for an early drinking binge.

    Bob picked me up four minutes early and we made the hour and a half drive to San Diego with no issues.

    Donna the Hot Biker Chick was surprised to see me – we had kept me going a secret as we were afraid she would have cancelled.

    The Pacific Swann is a fairly small, but comfortable six-pack diving boat operated by a cool guy named Jeff.

    Kasia, Mike and Donna
    Kasia, Mike C and Donna The Hot Biker Chick

    Dan and Mean Bob
    Dan and Mean Bob

    Rough seas
    Rough seas and big swells made the trip to the wreck pretty macho – the non-macho became seasick.

    Another boat.
    Another boat was already on one of the markers.

    I was the first one off, Donna the second; we were getting sort of impatient waiting on the others, so we decided to head down first.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #469

    Dove with Donna The Hot Biker Chick

    The Yukon Wreck
    San Diego, CA USA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 98 feet
    Waves: Choppy on the surface
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes

    Going down
    Heading down the line.

    Visibility wasn’t that great, and it was dark, but we could see.

    White sea anemone
    White sea anemones?

    Diving the Yukon
    Looking up.

    Diving the Yukon
    Fish along the hull.

    Diving the Yukon
    Donna the Hot Biker Chick examines the sea growth.

    Diving the Yukon
    Kelp along the top deck.

    Diving the Yukon
    A Marine died on this wreck a few months ago – an American and Marine flag had been placed there in memory.

    Amazingly, we found the mooring line that we went down on, and made a slow return to the surface.


    Coming soon! Our next dive on the Ruby E.

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