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The R.R. Stone is a small tug lying upright in 65ft of water 14 miles out of Masonboro Inlet and is about 10 miles of Carolina Beach. The Stone was sunk as an artificial reef in 1985. It is located within a few hundred yards of the Old Dredge wreck and the Pocahontas. It is a small (85ft long) but fun wreck to dive.
The sea has taken it’s toll on the Stone. It was intact with many swim throughs but storms ripped off the bridge in 2003. The bridge now sits upside down off to the ships starboard side. Sand Tigers make this wreck there home during the summer months along with the typical inshore fish. In 2004 a large manta ray showed up on the Stone allowing one of my buddies to ride it for several minutes.
wilmingtondiving.com/stone.shtml
Web site for videos of various wreck sites in the area-
olympusdiving.com/PhotoGallery/VideoGallery/tabid/115/Default.aspx

Man Made Artificial Reef
DREDGE WRECK REEF
AR-382
Average Depth: 58’
Buoy Location in GPS ddm: 33° 58.583’ / 077° 41.283’
LORAN Coordinates: 27241.5 / 39047.0
Geneneral Location: 130° M, 10.7 nm from Carolina Beach Inlet sea buoy

"Dredge Wreck" (marine casualty) early 1940’s
33° 58.500’ / 077° 41.283’

"POCAHONTAS" 105’ tug 26-Feb-85
33° 58.583’ / 077° 40.917’

"R.R. STONE" 86’ tug 27-Feb-85
33° 58.467’ / 077° 41.283’

Reef Balls: 100 in a single group starting at the bow of the
"R.R. STONE" 2001
33° 58.483’ / 077° 41.283’ through
33° 58.467’ / 077° 41.383

Comments

alko - 6/02/2016 4:24 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/14/2016. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Great dive. Calm seas. Visibility opened up below 40 fsw. Light current. Many fish to photograph.
ellishugh - 5/04/2016 6:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/1/2016.
Jim Wiese buddy
ellishugh - 5/23/2014 5:58 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/17/2014. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Saw 7 Sand Tiger Sharks on wreck, reef balls, Amber Jacks, small groupers

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