Posted by Joel Svendsen on February 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Saturday, February 20 we dove the wreck of the Mystic Isle, a wreck lying due east of Key Biscayne. Dive roster was David Buhlinger, Jody Svendsen, Alex Gilson, and Rick Thomas. Two teams of two. Carlos was our captain, and as always thank you, Carlos, for your superb boat driving.
We arrived on-site at 8:45am and were suited up and in the water by 9:10. Dive plan was :20 BT, Average Depth 180-Ft. :30 Deco, starting at 130-ft. :58 Run time. Sea conditions were ideal, flat seas, no appreciable current, good visibility 60-ft+, water temperatures of 74-deg on the surface and 72-degrees at depth. We had a picture-perfect descent and were on the wreck in less than :03. We came in on the starboard side of the wreck near the stern. Scootered up into a large opening in the hull-side and went in below the main deck. It’s an interesting swim-through with just enough potential entanglements to keep the penetration interesting. There was a lot of silt on the decks, of significant build-up evidenced by the way it sloped into any opening in the deck. Being the #4 diver in the group, I had the best over-all perspective of the silt build-up in the wreck! The internal steel bulkheads are still fairly intact. We swam back out and scootered a circuit around the wreck, seeing the overall condition of the structure. Lots of soft corals and sea fans growing on the wreck. We swam into the superstructure on the main deck, around 170-ft, and did a quick passage through. I noticed a porcelain hand-bowl is sitting on the deck in the forward area of the structure. There was no large marine life evident, only a school of small grunts swimming above the main deck. Up above the structure we noticed an opening that seemed to go down into the bowels of the wreck, likely the engine room. We didn’t attempt to enter through here.”