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Shilshole Bay Horizontal Barge  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Near Discovery Park
Seattle, WA

Type: Saltwater

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 3
Enjoyment: 3.5
Visibility: 3
Current: 1.25
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Frosted Nudibranch
Young Quillback Rockfish
Painted Anemone
Monterey Sea Lemon
Matt on the Anchor Line
Red Gilled Nudibranch (Fabellina verrucosa)
Deck Junk
Shilshole Bay Horizontal Barge.
Monterey Sea Lemon


Large Wreck,


The Shilshole Bay Horizontal Barge is the largest and deepest of three wrecks in this immediate vicinity. This wreck sits upright on the bottom at 85-95’ deep and stands 10’-15’ high. Standing 10’-15’ high. Roughly 200’ long and nearly fully intact, this barge is absolutely impressive to see. Covered in plumose anemones, this massive wreck is inhabited by many rockfish, perch and greenling while scallops and nudibranchs cling to its walls.

There are two other wrecks at this location and the combination makes for a great day of diving. Although they could be reached from the Horizontal Barge by scooter with nitrox or trimix, they are a bit too far to swim on air, at least not with any remaining bottom time to enjoy the dives. There are lines connecting the wrecks, but this is recommended as 3 separate dives. If you choose to dive all the wrecks, then you may want to dive this one first since it is the deepest.

The Shilshole Vertical Barge is over 300ft away to the southeast in 75’ at the bottom. This large metal wreck is very interesting because it sits on its side and stands 40ft from the bottom. The top is only about 35’ deep and makes for a great final dive of the day since it is shallower at the top.

The Wreck of the Omar is over 200ft away roughly southwest toward the buoy. It is an old wooden tug from the early 1900’s that sank in 1995 and now the hull sits intact in 80fsw at the bottom.

Special Restrictions:

Be careful of boat traffic from the marina and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Make sure to fly a flag for safety and although Shilshole doesn’t receive a lot of current, it is always wise to dive a live boat.

How to get there:

Located directly North of Discovery Park in Shilshole Bay, Seattle, out in front of the marina and to the south near the Located in Shilshole bay west of the southern entrance of the marina below the Magnolia Bluffs. Look for a large, round Coast Guard buoy, sometimes it has barges tied to it.

The wreck is located about 500' NNE of the Coast Guard buoy.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA5/21/2011Rating: 3
There was a lot of sediment in the water on the surface which made for an exceptionally dark dive on the wreck. We say some fish but the light and vis weren't too conducive to sight-seeing today. None-the -less, it is still an impressive barge and a fun dive.

Slobert3/6/2009Rating: 3
This is a nice large steel barge. Could be penetrated if you wanted to. Good assortment of life on it and it makes for a nice dive. Its deep thouh so watch your bottom time. Very busy area as far as boat traffic, so fly a flag and ascend up your anchor line to your boat.

ChevaYEA3/6/2009Rating: 4
This is a nice dive site. The barge is large enough to entertain many divers at once and it has a decent amount of life on it. It is deep so bottom time could be a negative if you planned on doing lots of dives or wanted a really long dive. Otherwise it is worth visiting!


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