BOAT DIVE: NANAIMO, BC
MAX DEPTH: 80FT
CURRENT: NONE
DIFFICULTY: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

The RivTow is a 147ft Rescue Tug built in 1940 in England. It spent time in Iceland during World War II towing damaged vessels and rescuing supplies from other ships. It eventually made its way up to Seattle and Puget Sound where it towed log booms until 1985. It was taken to Mosquito Creek and used as a breakwater for several years until it started leaking oil. The Nanaimo Dive Association stepped in and purchased it. They had the bilges pumped, cleaned, and the entire vessel stripped of any contaminants and environmental hazards. The ship was then sunk as an artificial reef in February 6th, 2005. It lists slightly in 80 ft of water, with the top deck at about 50ft.

This is a great dive for beginner – intermediate wreck divers. The depths are well within the recreational limits and the site is quite sheltered so current is not a huge factor. There is access to the wheelhouse and other areas of the ship, but this dive is better done from the outside. As with most of the wrecks here, plumose anemones thrive on it and giant lingcod have taken it upon themselves to become the official guardians of the wreck.

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