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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 Vertical Barge
North of Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: None Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

The Shilshole Bay Vertical Barge is the most dynamic of three wrecks in this immediate vicinity. This wreck is interesting in that it sits perfectly on itís starboard side and stands straight up for 40í like a man-mad wall dive. The sheer sides (actually top and bottom) are completely covered with plumose anemones and harbor an incredible amount of fish and invertebrate life. Start your dive at the bottom and work your way up the wreck to the top and youíll be just shy of your safety stop. Overall, this is an impressive wreck and an excellent dive site for all levels of divers.

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 the Horizontal Barge first since it is the deepest.

The Shilshole Horizontal Barge is roughly 400ft north of the Omar in 90-95í at the bottom. It is a huge metal barge that is nearly fully in tact and is the largest and deepest of the three.

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

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