Mackenzie

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BOAT DIVE: SIDNEY, BC
MAX DEPTH: 115 FT
CURRENT: MODERATE-HIGH (DIVE AT SLACK ONLY)
DIFFICULTY: INTERMEDIATE

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The Mackenzie was commissioned on October 6th, 1962, and operated as an anti-submarine destroyer escort ship for 10 years, and a training ship for the next 20. It was decommissioned on August 3rd, 1993. The Artificial Reef Society took the ship on and sunk it on September 16th, 1995.

The vessel sits upright on a gentle sloping bottom maxing out at approximately 115 ft of water. The radar tower is at 70 ft and the bow rests at 105 ft.

This dive is great for recreational divers and optimal for wreck penetration training. You can penetrate the full length of the vessel in one dive at about 90ftThere are lots of holes cut in the sides to provide lots of light for those who are adventurous enough to penetrate ( and trained to do so). The outside the wreck is abundant with plumose anemones, nudibranchs, and many different species of crabs. Some of the larger fish include lingcod, giant cabezons that guard the deck, and schools of rockfish.

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