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Greetings from Capt. John, Tampa Florida August 2002 Newsletter


 
This Newsletter contains:

1) Current Conditions Gulf of Mexico ~ Forget Golfing ~ Go Gulfing!
2) Navy raises turret of the USS Monitor~ Great story and photo!
3) Dive Travel and Classes ~ August 17th - 18th Dive Master Courses
4) Gear Deal of the Month ~ Purchase your dive gear from us and learn to dive for free!
5) Cool Websites ~ New Springs Website!


**CURRENT CONDITIONS**

Forget Golfing ~ Go Gulfing! Every Wednesday with Captain John!

We had a little red tide last month that has now cleared up and the constant rains did a little damage to the vis, but things are improving and vis is 30' plus in shallow and 50' plus deep. A slight thermocline exists and the top temps are 85 degrees, bottom temps are 82, bath water.

I dove in 125' of water 40 miles offshore last week the water water a brilliant cobalt blue 100' vis to 75' were the thermocline started and reduced vis to 50'. I saw lots of baitfish, Angels- Blues, Grays and one rare Townsend Angel (a cross between the Blue and Queen Angel.) We took some red grouper and an 8 pound hogfish. I missed a shot on a 22-25 pound Black, darn it! We also lucked into a school of small dolphin.

I next dove the Pillsbury and fairly unknown wreck in 110' of water. There was bait all over the wreck and I counted 6 Jew fish in the 200 to 400 pound class. At 70 feet I was greeted by schools of small Amberjack and Barracuda, a really awesome dive!

I will be diving the Gulf off of Clearwater every Wednesday throughout the summer so come join me.
I will be diving Crystal River every weekend and we will still finding manatees. The warmer weather makes you have to look a little harder but there are still some 50 of them at the River.

Please check my 3 month calendar to keep up with what I a doing and plan a dive with me check:
http://www.scubatampa.com/calendar.html


**NAVY RAISES TURRET OF THE USS MONITOR**


Turret Rising, photo copyright Bill Dent 2002, Click to Enlarge

Gun Turret of the USS Monitor being raised Monday August 5th, 2002. My friend and fellow instructor Bill Dent, University of South Florida, was aboard the Navy barge and took this awesome photo (click on photo to enlarge). Bill is on the artifact recovery team and will be diving the wreck daily, lucky guy. (Photo copyright Bill Dent 2002)

By Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press

HATTERAS, N.C. — Navy divers preparing to raise the 160-ton gun turret of the ironclad USS Monitor from the bottom of the Atlantic have found what is believed to be the skeleton of one of the Civil War ship's 16 doomed sailors.

Divers planned to remove as much of the skeleton as possible from inside the turret before the raising, which expedition leaders hoped to begin by 4 a.m. today (August 4th) despite worsening weather.

"We have a fairly complete skeleton," said John Broadwater, manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and chief scientist for the Monitor expedition.

Archaeologists said last month they had found apparent human remains in the sediment inside the turret, but they consisted only of two bone fragments.

Additional digging revealed a skeleton as well as buttons and scraps of cloth that may have been part of a uniform, Broadwater said yesterday.

"We will make every attempt to identify this crew member," Broadwater said.

One of the first two ironclad naval vessels, the Monitor is considered the world's first modern battleship and was the first equipped with guns in a revolving turret.

Still inside the turret are the Monitor's two huge 11-inch Dahlgren cannons, and the skeletal remains of as many as 13 of the 16 seamen who perished when the ship sank months after its debut.

On March 9, 1862, in one of the most famous naval engagements in history, the Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, earlier called the Merrimack, to a draw in a noisy, hourslong clash at Hampton Roads, Va.

Neither of the peculiar-looking craft was damaged grievously, but the Monitor put an end to the Confederacy's most formidable attempt to break the Union blockade and win European recognition. The Virginia had destroyed two wood-sided Union blockade vessels in Chesapeake Bay and was preparing to sink the rest when the Monitor came to the rescue.

The Monitor-Virginia battle also changed naval warfare instantly. Within four hours of receiving news of the clash, the British Admiralty in London ordered a permanent ban on construction of wooden warships.

Fate was unkind to the Monitor, however. On New Year's Eve, 1862, while being towed to a new area of operations, the vessel was caught in a storm and sank off Cape Hatteras. Fifty of its 66 officers and men were rescued. Three were swept overboard and drowned. The wreckage was discovered in 1973.

In 1975, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) created the nation's first underwater National Marine Sanctuary to protect the shipwreck. When it became clear in the early 1990s that the remains were beginning to deteriorate, NOAA, the Navy and the Mariner's Museum of Newport News, Va., joined in a series of underwater expeditions that over time retrieved the Monitor's anchor, propeller, steam engine and hundreds of other artifacts, including the red signal light that was the last anyone saw of the Monitor the night it went down.

"The wreck site was breaking up at an increased and alarming rate," said John Hightower, president and CEO of the Mariner's Museum. "There was great concern on the part of NOAA that they were going to lose the whole ship sooner rather than later."

Monitor Marine Sanctuary manager John Broadwater said that perhaps one-third of the turret has been buried in silt, helping to preserve its contents. But a burrowing fish called an oyster toad has been undermining the ship and allowing strong sea currents to scour out sections of the wreck.

The Navy is funding $6.5 million of the $7 million cost of the expedition, which it is using to train deep-sea divers in a new technique called "saturation diving." Divers use bell habitats on the bottom to stay below 12 to 14 days at a stretch instead of the four to five hours they are limited to when required to resurface every day.

The turret, 9 feet high and 23 feet in diameter, and its two eight-ton cannons have a combined weight of about 200 tons. They are to be lifted aboard a barge and transferred to a smaller craft to carry it up the James River to the museum — reaching there Friday, officials hope.


**DIVE CALENDAR**

August 17th - 18th Dive Master Courses will be taught in conjunction with other classes. Call me at 813-966-6525 for details.

Information on Dive Classes, Dive Trips and related information can be found at my new page at; http://www.scubatampa.com/calendar.html This calendar is up-dated daily so bookmark it an visit often to stay up-to-date.

Open Water Class Schedules for August - October 2002: http://www.scubatampa.com/calendar.html

Manatee Snorkel/Dive  $30.00/$45.00 per person, one tank dive and snorkeling with the Manatees. Manatee Dive info at http://www.scubatampa.com/manatee.html


**TOP OF THE LINE ZEAGLE GEAR **

Current students, former students and non-students this deal is for you. Purchase the gear below and get a refund on your scuba lessons toward the purchase of this package (save $522.00!). Non-students save $322.00.

Zeagle Apex DS4 Regulator *

Retail (Aqualung) $ 500.00

Your Price $325.00

Zeagle Escape BCD**

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Your Price $399.00

Genesis Octo***

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Genesis 3 Gauge 150' Consol***

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Tank 80cf Luxfer, Genesis Valve,
Boot, VIP, Fill

Or Mask, Fins, Snorkel
booties

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Totals non-students You Save $322.00

Retail $1480.00

Your Price $1158.00

Refund for Scuba Lessons $200.00

You Save $522.00

Your Price $958.00

*(Same as the one you use in class). This is the first and second. New, purchased for class, but never used. Manufacturers warranty and one year shop warranty. Aqualung/US Divers now own this regulator. See at:
http://www.sea-quest.com/pages/regs/reg_apeksDS4din.html Note the one pictured is a DIN regulator, yours will have the regular yoke unless a din is requested.

** Has single bladder design, easier to deflate. Has back trip weights for tank buoyancy (keep 2 to four pounds there to compensate). Rip Cord Weight System, two large external pockets. See info at:
http://www.zeagle.com/bc2001_escape.htm

*** See at
http://www.genesisscuba.com

Offer good until August 31st, 2002.

**COOL WEB SITES**

Florida Springs Database http://www.thiswaytothe.net/springs ~ contains 681 unique named Florida springs and sinks so far 250 verified and accurate. 482 mapped by latitude and longitude. These entries are linked directly to interactive Topographic maps, Satellite Images, EPA and Census data. 290 mapped to the nearest town. These entries are linked to Yahoo Maps for Driving directions and info on local businesses. 613 with basin noted, 186 Spring type noted, 129 spring owner or manager noted, 352 entries with additional directions and or notations. All 681 entries linked to weather conditions and 5 day forecast by County name. All 681 entries have a "Rate and Review" feature with 3 subjects: Appearance, Accessibility and Suitability. Rate each from 1 to 10 with the ability for public comment(review) for each spring under each subject.

Scuba,Scuba Website and Newsletter - www.scubasuperpower.com ~ Down to earth real informative newsletter.

What is your Fortune? ~ Have your forturne read here: http://www.strainentertainment.com/test.html Warning X rated!

Florida Sportsman Online:
http://www.floridasportsman.com ~ Florida's most popular magazine's online site. My favorite section is the Casts section that reports MFA issues. Did you know that the Gulf Grouper Bag limit may be reduced to 2 fish instead of 5?

Divelog on-line ~
Here's a cool site for logging your dives on-line go to: www.LetsGetWet.com

Online Booking of Dive Reservations and more ~ Here's an affiliate of the Dive Log above that I think will be a great site for divers and dive operators. Check them out at: http://www.aquatrix.com/aquatrix/portal/Index.cfm

PayPAL -- Send money via check or credit cards on-line to any e-mail address.  It's easy, free and secure.  I am a member. Join now and get $5.00. Contact:  PayPal ~ Send and Receive Money On-line:
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DiveBuddy DiveBuddy White Pages - thousands of divers from 93 countries waiting to hear from you. Never dive alone again! Free registration, discussion group, chat and more. Go to: http://www.divebuddy.com

Tanks, BCing you!

SUNSATION DIVE CHARTERS

Captain John L. Russell 3, Tampa, Florida
PADI MSDT 40957, MDEA MI 2098
813-966-6525 (Office)

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