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S.S. Burton  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor, WA

Type: Saltwater

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 2
Visibility: 2.5
Current: 2.5
Aquatic Life: 5

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Fire Bricks
S.S. Burton
Burton Boiler


Large Wreck,


The Burton was a 95' long wood hulled steamship used as a passenger and cargo ferry by Mosquito Fleet in the early 1900's. She was eventually decommissioned and later caught fire and sunk in 40' of water near what is now the Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor. It is a nice dive site for the historical minded, but there is little structure remaining.

The entire hull of The Burton has long since decayed and disappeared leaving only the boiler and some of the deck equipment and propulsion system lying on the bottom. There are a few stacks of the fire bricks laying next to the boiler. The boiler tubes house many small gunnels, sculpin and shrimp, each claiming their own tube for a home.

Special Restrictions:

The Grace Foss is located in the middle of the very active Gig Harbor. If you plan to dive this site, do so in the winter or off season where boat traffic is at a minimum. Make sure to use a dive flag and surface using your anchor line to stay close to your boat. There is very real danger of boats coming close by.

Site listed as intermediate simply due to the boat traffic overhead and the silty bottom potential.

How to get there:

The Burton is located near the Tides Tavern in the middle of the channel in Gig Harbor in 40' of water. You will need a depth finder to locate it for sure, and better yet a GPS.

Thanks to NWD for submitting this site!
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Slobert2/20/2009Rating: 3
The boiler and engine are all that remain. The steam engine is pretty cool if you are a historical boat nut like I am, but its a small site and not much life. Not worth a special trip, but if in the area after other dives, worth looking at.

ChevaYEA2/21/2009Rating: 1
There is a boiler... that's about it. There is a bit of machinery laying about and a few common sculpin and gunnels but not an exciting location if you are interested in sea life. You may find the remains of the wreck interesting is you are a wreck/history enthusiast. Beware of the location though in high boating season and keep safe.


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