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Aeolus (ARC-3) - Morehead City NC


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Name: AEOLUS (ARC-3) - TURANDOT (AKA-47)
Type: cable repair ship/attack cargo ship
Date Sunk: July 1988
Cause: Sunk as an artificial reef
Date Launched: 6/18/1945 (as Turandot AKA-47) recommissioned as Aeolus in May 1955
Armament: (1) 5"/38 DP gun mount, (8) 40mm, (10) 20mm
Size (ft.): 426 x 58 x 17
Tonnage: 4,087 (lt)/7,080 (fl); troop capacity of 264 as AKA-47
Propulsion: two turbo-electric engines, twin shafts, 6,000shp;speed 16.9 knots
Location N34°16.685’/ W76°38.659’

DIVING NOTES:
Diving Depths: 90-110 ft.
Current: slight to moderate
Visibility: Generally 40-70 feet
Summer Temperature: mid to high 70s
Points of Interest: large pieces of ship torn apart; intact stern

Fish/Animal Life: The Aeolus has many of the same fish that inhabit the U-352and wrecks in the vicinity. Its vertical structure provides good habitat for schooling open ocean fish like barracuda and amberhacks.

Description: When first sunk in 1988, the Aeolus laid intact on its starboard side, much like the Yancey (on its port). The bottom of the wreck was at 105 to 110 feet. On a day of reasonable viz, the bright white sides of the Aeolus came up to 50-60 ft and could be easily seen by dive boats as they approached the site. Eventually over time, the wreck settled in the bottom to where the sides were at 70-75 feet. Being intact, the wreck was easy to navigate, but its large size made circumnavigation a "concentrated" effort. The ship "darkened" over the years as marine growth covered the wreck, but the numerous doors and passageways still offered enticing exploration and interest to many divers. It’s intact nature made it popular to many divers because "it looked like a ship". This all changed in 1996 with the arrival of Hurricane Fran. In an amazing testimony of the power of wind and ocean, the storm took the 446 ft ship which had been sitting in intact, in over 100 feet of water , buried 20+ feet into the sand and started rocking it in the swell. The rocking continued until the entire ship had been torn into 3 major pieces and turned right side up and 90 degrees to where it previously lay. What was once an intact ship had been blasted apart. Today, the Aeolus looks like what more typically looks like a NC wreck. It covers a large area and the parts are scattered, making no "functional" sense as they sit on the ocean bottom. Very easy to get lost in reduced viz. A note, on the 4-6 times I have been on this wreck, it has always struck me as a "dark" wreck.

Comments

Boyette - 4/11/2018 1:25 AM
Rating Added: 4
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TinaLouise - 1/22/2018 9:57 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/11/2017. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
JMH115 - 8/28/2016 11:17 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/12/2016. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Sat in the shark room. Several big nurse tiger sharks.
LatitudeAdjustment - 9/05/2015 6:40 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/30/2015. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
3 mil, DSS BP&W, D2D Redneck Shark Fest on Olympus. Jim twisted his ankle coming out of the dive shop and had to abort :( 30% EAN. Poor viz by NC standards, plenty of sharks but few were close enough for good photos or wrong angle :( Usually shark teeth can be found on deck but not today.
opelika294 - 8/14/2015 8:30 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/10/2015. Average viz: 31-35ft/9-11m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
A great dive. We were able to see some large sand tiger sharks. Easy to navigate even though the wreck is broken up.
watergypsy - 10/22/2014 10:03 PM
Rating Added: 5
Loved it

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