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USA: Pacific Northwest - The cold, emerald waters of the Pacific Northwest are a real treat for Scuba diving. This region of the website includes dive sites and galleries in the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the San Juans, and the Oregon and Washington coasts. Divers in the Pacific Northwest are presented a large variety of life, ample dive locations, and dynamic diving opportunities such as walls, bull kelp forests, drift dives and dive parks.
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Shilshole Bay Horizontal Barge
Near Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: None Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: 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.

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