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Quartermaster Wreck  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Quartermaster Harbor
Vashon Island, WA

Type: Saltwater

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 3
Enjoyment: 3.33
Visibility: 3.33
Current: 4.67
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Frosted Nudibranch
Brown Rockfish (Sebates auriculatus)
Red Gilled Nudibranch (Fabellina verrucosa)
Deck of the Quartermaster Wreck
Sea Whips
Ladder on Quartermaster Wreck
Black Rockfish (Sebastes melanops)


Large Wreck,


The Quartermaster Wreck is a 57-foot unknown wood-hulled fishing vessel in the moth of Quartermaster Harbor. It was filled with cement culverts, engine blocks, and other debris and scuttled in the middle of the channel. It makes a great dive site. The wreck sits upright from the bottom in 65'-75' of water (depending on tides and section of the wreck) and stands 11' from the bottom. The wheel house is missing but the engine, machinery, rudder and propeller are still in place. If you look around the base of the ship you'll find sea whips, tall thin cousins to the common sea pen.

Special Restrictions:

Current is minimal in this harbor which can cause visibility to be poor. High boat traffic area, especially during crabbing and fishing season so be sure to fly a dive flag.

How to get there:

The Quartermaster Wreck is located in the entry to Quartermaster Harbor (see google map for location). According to NW Wreck Dives, it lies facing south in the middle of the channel, about 1,000' west northwest from the red Manzanita buoy and the GPS coordinates provided are spot on. If you don't have a GPS, line your boat up with the buoy and head 310 until you see it show up on your depth finder. You'll find it in approx 65-75' deep and it stands 11' from the bottom so it is easy to find. Please try not to hit the ship with your anchor, the bottom provides good anchorage and current here is minimal.

Thanks to NWD for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Matt_Tyler1/2/2009Rating: 3
This was a very neat wreck since it was so intact. I had hoped that there would be more variety of life, but there were some Rockfish, sea whips and some nudies, so it wasn't a wash by any means. My buddy noted down inside the hull there were a lot of scattered crab remains, so there is most likely an octo hanging out in there although we didn't see it.

ChevaYEA1/2/2009Rating: 3
Cool wreck that's still standing intact, making it easy to navigate around. Not as much life as I would have expected, but not bad. Easy to find with a depth finder by lining up the red buoy with the house with the red roof and moving away at the compass heading provided above.

Slobert1/2/2009Rating: 4
This was a pretty cool wreck with a classic shaped wooden hull that is largely intact. No wheel house and only a few openings into the hull. Not much life, just some rockfish, perch and a lingcod. But I still enjoyed it since I like wrecks. worth checking out for sure


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