The winds are once again 15-20 through the anchorage but since it is coming from directly ashore there are no waves to make life aboard uncomfortable. Today I followed through on my plan to rid the underwater portions of my hull of those freeloading barnacles and other growths plus take a look at the wreck in the middle of Deep Bay.
The wreck is of a 3-masted Barque called the “Andes” which had a full cargo load of pitch from Trinidad in her holds. They had been improperly stowed and the rolling motion of the boat had caused heat buildup from friction and the load was smoking. The captain was denied entrance to St. Johns (since that was a busy port a burning ship would have been a major disaster) and anchored in nearby Deep Bay. When the holds were opened and oxygen was introduced the ship went up in flames and sunk with no loss of life. The wreck was in 1905 and since then a lot of marine life has taken hold on the steel hulls and superstructure. The boat lies in 20 feet of water and much of it is only a few feet below sea level, but I decided to dive on it to see if I could get any interesting shots. Unfortunately, the visibility was quite bad and I didn't get to see this large wreck in her best light. Considering the wind forecast for the next couple of days, I don't think that the visibility will be getting any better and doubt that I'll do a second dive.
That photographic expedition accounted for half of my air, and with the rest I went about cleaning the hull again. There wasn't much green slime or growths apart from barnacles, so the main portion of the work was using my big paint scraper and going along the hull, rudder and keel to snap off the barnacles. This was strenuous, as the gusty wind made the boat move about at anchor and I had trouble keeping up with the motion. In addition, I had to stay away from the parts of the hull that I hadn't cleaned or had only partially cleaned, since the barnacles have hard and very sharp edges that easily cut into skin and they have the unfortunate tendency to get infected in these tropical climes. But I finished the task with less than 500PSI left in the tank and then had a long hard shower and scrubbing to get rid of any fauna that I might have brought up from the deep.
After cleaning the gear I saw some wonderful black rain clouds upwind and got out the brush for the decks. The whole boat was not only covered in lots of salt from the spray of the past passages but also with a reddish coat of very fine dust; either Sahara dust or pollen/dust from Green Island. As it hadn't rained for a couple of weeks it was high time for nature's “Boat Wash” to give the boat a good cleaning. I waited and watched the beautiful rain clouds drift by, less than a kilometer away, and drop lots and lots of cleansing water elsewhere!
I thawed out another of the thin T-Bone steaks for dinner and baked a large potato to go along with the simple meal. Now that I've figure out how to work my BBQ and keep it lit in higher winds, making the meal was quick and it was tasty, but not quite filling enough as a couple of hours later I had to eat some of the Nachos that I still had in the munchies-drawer.

Anchor has dug in Zanshin's anchor has dug into the sand and grass in Deep Bay, Antigua in 15 feet of water
(2015-05-09 11:14:33 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Anchor has dug in
Propellor growth The Sargassum algea was growing here, it just got caught in the propellor. But the growth was encroaching on the propellor and it needed a brushing
(2015-05-09 11:18:15 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Propellor growth
Freezer heat sink and barnacles The barnacles and other growth had started to make headway on the bottom of Zanshin before I had to dive and remove them.
(2015-05-09 11:17:31 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Freezer heat sink and barnacles
Andes Bowsprit The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 11:01:46 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Andes Bowsprit
Coral on the Andes The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 11:00:17 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Coral on the Andes
Schoolmasters at the the wreck of the Andes The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:59:37 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Schoolmasters at the the wreck of the Andes
Coral on the mast of the Andes The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:55:46 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Coral on the mast of the Andes
Fallen Andes mast The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:49:45 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Fallen Andes mast
White and Black urchin The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:46:07 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
White and Black urchin
Hull of the sunken Andes The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:45:05 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Hull of the sunken Andes
Corals on the Andes hull The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:44:29 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Corals on the Andes hull
Steel hull remnants of the Andes The wreck of the 3 masted barque "Andes" is only a few feet under the water. She sunk in 1905 and makes for a good snorkel when the conditions are right. Visibility was bad when I dove on her, but it was still a large and impressive wreck.
(2015-05-09 10:44:19 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Steel hull remnants of the Andes
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