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The minesweeper Peacock or Spirit of America sunk in the 1970s and is surrounded in fish nowadays.

Name Dive Site:Peacock, Spirit of America
Depth: 49-59ft (15-18m)
Visibility: 16-49ft (5-15m)
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The Spirit of America, (formerly identified as the Peacock) had a lot of mystery around her. It was known that the wreck was a 100' long wood hulled WWII Minesweeper that sunk in the 70's. The Spirit of America sits upright on a sandy bottom at about 65'deep outside the Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island. Visibility here can be 15'-40'. With the hull and its structure to explore the Spirit of America is a very good dive. It is in a protected area and there are lots of fish and the biggest Spanish Shawls on her. This trip is good for intermediate divers and above. Possible currents and surface signal device recommended.

More about California wreck diving, please visit the California Wreck Divers (CWD) website along with another excellent resource, the book Shipwrecks of Southern California by Bonnie J. Cardone and Patrick Smith.


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