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Diving at dive site High Seas

Name Dive Site:High Seas
Depth: 98-118ft (30-36m)
Visibility: 6-49ft (2-15m)
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The High Seas was originally built at the San Pedro boat works in 1945, she was a Yard Patrol craft designated YP-621. At 128 feet in length she was a pretty good sized boat. After the war she was sold as surplus and converted into a Purse Seine fishing vessel. In 1970 she was cruising home in rough seas when the stern suddenly opened up. At the last second a small skiff was launched and the crew escaped just before she slipped beneath the waves with a full load of tuna on board.

Today the High Seas lies in approx 110' of water. She was a wood hulled vessel and has deteriorated significantly, presenting little opportunity for penetration. Now the wreck is more a debris field and home to lots of life, including some large ling cod and rock fish with the visibility between 5'-40' plus. She is also covered in old netting, which makes it a hazardous dive for both divers and local marine life. The wreck has been relatively untouched.

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