G.B Church

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BOAT DIVE: SIDNEY, BC
MAX DEPTH: 85FT
CURRENT: MILD – MODERATE
DIFFICULTY: INTERMEDIATE

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The G.B Church was built in 1943 (originally named Cerium). It’s steel hull is 175ft in length and was originally designed as a munitions carrier and participated in the Second World War on June 6th, 1944.

Located beside Moresby Passage in the Gulf Islands National Park, which is about 4 nautical miles northeast of Sidney.

It sits upright in about 75-85ft of water (depending on the tide). The top of the mast lies between 13-23ft and the bow is at 50-60 ft. The depths are very accessible for divers of most levels.

There is no shortage of marine life on this wreck! Look for a trail of crab shells scattered around the bow and it may just lead you to a giant pacific octopus. Large lingcod can be found cruising the wreck like sharks, and rockfish are schooling and guarding the wheelhouse. The starboard side is overgrown with giant white plumose anemones which almost glow they’re so bright.

Diver access holes have been cut throughout the ship between 55-65 feet. It is a great penetration wreck for newer wreck divers as you can always see light wherever you go. Experienced wreck divers can penetrate the forecastle, engine room, and galley.

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