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The Murph  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Quartermaster Harbor
Vashon Island, WA

Type: Saltwater
Snorkling, Beginner

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 2.5
Current: 2
Aquatic Life: 5

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Large Wreck,


The Murph is a large Tug Boat that sank in Quartermaster Harbor in 2007. It sits on the bottom in about 30' of water but the smoke shaft reaches the surface during negative tides. It stands fully in tact facing south, with the wheel house and all hatches open. It is an interesting wreck that is accessible to all divers since the depth is only about 30'-35' deep depending on tides. Quartermaster Harbor is well protected from currents so it is a good option when conditions prohibit dives elsewhere in the sound.

Special Restrictions:

Beware approaching this wreck. The smoke stack is very near to the surface and is even visible during negative tides. Otherwise it is a great wreck for beginners and snorkelers if the visibility is good, however Quartermaster Harbor receives little current so visibility is often poor. The bottom is silty so take care not to stir things up to maintain the best visibility possible during your dive.

Please do not enter the wheel house or hatches without proper training. They are not very big anyways and it is really pointless to penetrate this wreck.

How to get there:

The Murph is located on the west bank of Quartermaster Harbor. It is marked by two yellow navigational buoys.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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Chris4/27/2010Rating: 4
This was an enjoyable dive. There isn't a huge amount of life on the Murph but this tug boat has an interesting shape and is in good condition.

ChevaYEA4/27/2010Rating: 4
This is a fun dive tucked up in Quartermaster Harbor. Current isn't an issue here and the wreck sits very shallow so it is a good dive for any skill level.


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