This wreck is a definite rubble wreck. There is just a heap of stuff there, but a propeller and shaft was clearly visible.
Hal and Kyle were on the left side of our line of divers as we swam out on a course of 260 from G-Buoy coral head. I was in the middle. As Hal was banging on his tank signalling that he had found a wreck, I was over a small debris field. I believe I was seeing a couple fire extinguishers and other small pieces of debris. This debris would be found just to the north of the wreck. The wreck is at the base of a fair sized mound of coral on the NE side of the mound.
Mark Miller suggested that this boat might be a Higgins boat, and I believe that he is right. A Higgins boat is also known as a LCVP. These boats were basically very similar to the LCMs that we are quite familar with here except that they were wooden. That would explain the lack of any hull. These boats had two gun turrets and we do have two circular objects that appear to fit the description of the gun turrets. It appears that the engine is missing. I am wondering if the engine might have been removed before sinking.
|One of the control levers on the wreck. These look very similar to the ones found on the LCMs.|
|Here's an old "steel pot" soldier's helmet. It is partially corroded away. We dove this wreck in early December 2005 and the helmet was still there.|
|And a shot of the prop with some sponge growth.|
|Not the best shot, but it's a shot of the from ramp. The Higgin's boats were of wooden construction, but the from ramp was metal. You might be able to make out a few bottles stacked on the ramp. We found these in the area and piled them up on the wreck. Again, they were still there in December 2005. I suspect this wreck isn't visited too often!|
|The Higgin's boats had two machine gun turrets. This appears to be what is left of them.|
|The other turret.|
|From: Fischer Rubble Wreck #1|
|Attraction||Distance (feet)||Bearing (deg mag)|
|MAR Fill Coral Head||657||206|
|Fluke's Folly #1||682||11|
|GBR Rubble Wreck #1||518||139|