Built during 1919, the tanker Tamaulipas was sank by the German Submarine U-552, 55 miles southwest of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, during April, 1942. Two crew members died during the attack.
Also known as the "Far East Tanker," the wreck is separated into bow and stern sections, with the stern offering the best diving. Today, the wreckage of the Tamaulipas is strewn across the bottom in 160 FT of water, but is still quite impressive. Underwater visibility can range from 60 to more than 100 FT with an average of 70 FT. Summertime bottom temperatures run between 65 and 80 degrees, depending on Gulf Stream conditions.
The stern section sits mostly upright with impressive features such as a massive engine and large boilers. Much of the machinery space is still intact and sections of the wreck are penetrable. With 30 FT of relief and large amounts of sea life, the wreck is considered a "Top 5" dive by several captains.
Wreck Diving Adventures uses this wreck for Advanced Recreational Trimix certification dives. The engines and boilers offer easy reference points to navigate, with many sections of the wreck to explore. Bottom gas of 24/30 Trimix with 50% for deco yields 20 minutes of BT with 15 minutes of deco. Our Dive Operator in Hatteras is Captain JT Barker aboard the Under Pressure.
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