- Date: September 18, 2021
- Depth: 110-140'
- Dive Boat: Gypsy Blood
- Max Divers: 14
- 2 Dives
- Lunch Served: No
- Departing from (Use for GPS) 1 Saint Louis Ave, Point Pleasant Beach NJ 08742
- Departure Time: 7:00am sharp
They are first come first serve. Putting it in your cart does not hold the space. You must fully checkout.
shipwreck, freighter, Netherlands
1930, New Castle England, as Petersfield
( 412 x 55 ft ) 5163 gross tons, 43 crew
Tuesday April 28, 1942
torpedoed by U-136 - 6 casualties
140 ft max; 110 ft min; 125 ft typical
In a daring shallow water attack, a single torpedo from the U-136 tore open the starboard side
of the Arundo just below the bridge and blew off the hold covers. The stricken ship heeled over
to starboard and sank in only five minutes. Survivors of the attack were soon picked up by
nearby vessels, but her cargo of war materiel outward bound for the campaign in North Africa
never made it. That cargo included jeeps, big 10-wheeled army trucks, 2 locomotives, and 5000
cases of Canadian beer. After the war the Arundo was wire dragged and otherwise demolished,
and her exact location was lost. There are several other wrecks in close proximity which have
all gone under the name Arundo until the true Arundo was finally re-identified.
What remains of the real Arundo is more a vast debris field than a ship, although some parts
are still tall and almost recognizable. The highest parts near the bow are at about 110 ft, but
the bulk of the wreck is at 120-130 ft, and the stern goes down to 140 ft at the sand. This is
not a dive for the faint-hearted. You can expect more advanced conditions cold, dark & silty
because it is in in the Mud Hole. The depth of this site is going to require a considerably higher
level of experience and equipment than most others, and should only be attempted by those
who are realistically prepared.
Everywhere there are large truck tires, some still mounted in eight wheel sets to double-axle truck
differentials, others crated together or just lying around. Much other debris is scattered all over,
and in many places the walls of the hull still stand high out of the sand. One of the locomotives
lies off the wreck in the sand; the other resembles a overly long, narrow boiler. Most of the parts
having rusted away. At right is a drive wheel. There is a seemingly never-ending supply of
unbroken but rather ordinary one quart clear glass beer bottles for collectors of such things. These
bottles are filled with the foulest looking black muck. In fact, every part of this wreck seems to be
covered in filth and sediment ( as if there is such a thing as a clean wreck ! ) and the overall
conditions are rather dark and dreary, even on a good day.
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* Divers must be Advanced Open Water Certified & must carry a redundant air source.
* Cold water experience required
* Solo Diving is permitted for Recreational Diving only if you hold the proper certification.
Special Note To Divers - Times listed are actual departure times. Hint Hint, to reduce unnecessary stress and anxiety before diving, arrive a half-hour to forty-five minutes prior to departure. If not, the boat will leave without you! Enjoy your dives!!!!