Over the summer of 2007 Puget Sound Divers successfully conducted more than 18 dives on the PV-2 Harpoon. Early in the summer visibility was quite good but starting in early fall and into winter has declined to a mere 1-2’. The bottom around this plane is very silty and with little to no current will stay suspended throughout the course of the dive. With this in mind and the inherent sensitivity of our planes we customarily drop a 4lb lead shot approximately 50’ from the plane. This requires a little navigation but with a slight sweep the plane is easy to find. The use of the light 4lb shot requires divers be okay with some scope in the line as boat wakes and a strong breeze can easily drag this across the bottom.
Shaun Gardner has become quite good and navigating to this wreck and the last three dives I have done with him on this plane we have swam right to it. Our entire team has been on this plane several times now and I personally really enjoy this dive. It is relatively shallow at approximately 145’ and is easily explored with navigation time in 20 minutes. This type of dive affords an easy deco and often a second dive that day.
You will note on the side scan imagery the plane is nosed directly into the ground and stands straight up. The tail section has broken free and is lying beside the plane. There has been some recent controversy regarding the broken tail section as one of the early explorers of this site feels that this has been caused by people attempting to hook the plane. Missing this wreck is quite common due to its size but as stated above with a little practice is easily reachable with a simple drop line. If you are diving this wreck please do not anchor. The use of a drop line and a live boat is always a best practice when diving our wrecks.
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