Boat Haven Marina
Port Townsend, WA
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 5
Large Wreck, Debris,
The Ranger is a 70’-80' wooden hulled vessel that sits in 30'-40’ of water outside of the Boat Haven Marina in Port Townsend. She sits in tack and upright about 15' from the bottom and has some overhead environments and swim-throughs. Much of the steering mechanism is still visible and the wreck seems to attract many varieties of nudibranchs.
There are also many pilings and debris from the old ferry dock and wing wall to explore.
There was once a long row of pilings near the breakwater to the marina where the wreck now lies. Many have been cut off below the water line so beware when approaching and come at the wreck from the east to be safe. Beware of boat traffic while diving and fly a flag.
How to get there:
Navigate to Port Townsend and to the Boat Haven Marina by WA-20. Take a right on San Jaun Ave and another right when you reach Washington Street at the waterfront. Go south past the Marina and park near the restrooms in the shipyard and you’ll have access to the water and see the breakwater. Swim out around the corner of the breakwater. During low tides, you can walk about half way there.
By boat, it is just outside the marina and south along the breakwater.
The Ranger is located a couple hundred feet up from the southeast corner and lying nearly parallel to the the breakwater (on the outside, not in the bay).
Thanks to NWD for submitting this site!