Here are a couple videos I put together after a couple dives on the recently discovered US Coast Guard Cutter “McCulloch” wreck site. This 220’ ship sank after a collision in 1917 and was lost until its recent discovery in 2016. There is a lot of interesting history behind the “McCulloch”. She served at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War, and sank while in route to be outfitted with larger guns to serve as a patrol boat during WW1.
One video was filmed with a small drop camera and the other with a large towed camera sled. This wreck is at about 300’ deep, and in an area that usually has high seas and strong surface currents (near Pt. Conception and Pt. Arguello CA). These dives are a good test of the dynamic positioning system on my boat as well as the new camera sled and some new heave compensation techniques I am trying out. This new camera sled uses a couple T200 thrusters for heading control and is also designed to work as a simple TMS/Overhead Lighting Platform for a small ROV. I use a handful of other Blue Robotics parts on the sled as well.