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Wreck at Taylor Bay   |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Key Penninsula

Type: Saltwater
Intermediate, Advanced

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 3
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 3.67
Current: 1.67
Aquatic Life: 3.67

Photo Gallery:

Vermillion Rockfish in Taylor Bay Wreck
Todd preparing for dive #100!
The Bluff marking the Wreck at Taylor Bay
Quillback Rockfish
Graceful Crab
Black Rockfish
Stubby Rose Anemone
Anemones growing on the wreck at Taylor Bay
Nudibranch on the Wreck at Taylor Bay


Large Wreck,


An old sub-chaser lies on the sandy bottom in about 40-60fsw perpendicular to the shore. The boat is approximately 100ft long, 20ft wide and stands 10 from the bottom and has become home to a healthy variety of life and huge schools of perch.

This is a good dive after Steamboat Island Wall or the Tolmie State Park Barges.

Special Restrictions:

Watch out for protruding debris from the wreck and fish line. There are lots of potential snags and head-aches.

Keep an eye on currents. Taylor Bay is slightly sheltered during the out going tide so High tide slack would be ideal. Visibility in the South Sound can be low so make sure you are prepared to navigate with limited vis.

How to get there:

Boat access only. Taylor Bay is located in the Nisqually Reach (North of Lacey). Line up on the bluff about half way between the left tip of the bluff and the V cut in the bluff. It is very easy to find with a depth finder.

You can launch boats from Boston Harbor or the Nisqually Boat Launch, but both are a little primitive. A nicer boat Launch can be found in Olympia at Swantown Marina.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
scubajunkie30810/25/2017Rating: 5
Very nice wreck. The superstructure was burned to the top deck prior to sinking so it is flat on top. The wreck is still in good condition, and the view looking up at the bow is quite impressive in clear water. Would make a great photo op. We have had excellent vis this year so we were able to get great views of large parts of the wreck, If you would like to see what it looked like prior to sinking, a copy of this ship is moored in Swantown under renovation. Very large ling cod and many different types of fish on the wreck. It is coming apart now at the top, so I would not attempt penetration into the hull. Harbor porpoises have been active in the area, so the bait fish stay very close to the wreck for protection.

ChevaYEA5/12/2008Rating: 3
This wreck is easy to locate and a good beginner level wreck dive. Lots of life on the wreck itself. Like all South Puget Sound dives, the visibility can get really bad after spring so keep the Wreck at Taylor Bay in mind for your winter dive list.

Slobert5/12/2008Rating: 4
This is a good sized wreck. No penetration though. Lots of invertibrates with some good sized Ling and Rockfish including a Canary Rockfish. Vis in the south sound isnt that great and this dive was no exception so bring a light even though its not that deep. The wreck was super easy to find with the depth finder. Its right where the discription says it is.


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