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Hyde - Wilmington NC

In May of 1988, the 215-foot Hyde was deployed by the NC Department of Marine Fisheries in AR-386 located about 15 miles off Wrightsville Beach.

The Hyde is a 215 ft ocean going hopper dredge. It was built in 1945 in Wilmington Delaware and saw service in Atlantic, Pacific and Honolulu. It’s primary function was to keep waterways open for Naval ship traffic. Because the Hyde was constructed during WWII it was one of a few dredges outfitted with guns, armor, and a gun crew. Today the Hyde sits upright in 85ft of water 18 miles from Masonboro inlet. It was sunk by NC Division of Marine Fisheries in 1988.
The Hyde is one of the most popular wrecks in our area. It sits intact and upright on the bottom with a lot to see. Because it is upright it makes it very easy to navigate, just like you were walking her decks. The deck is around 65-70 ft which makes this a good dive for a novice diver wanting a little more experience. During the summer months this wreck gets over run with sand tiger sharks which make for incredible dives. Nurse sharks, sandbar sharks, turtles, and barracuda are not uncommon either.
Original Hyde Pamplets Used During Tours
Web site for videos of various wreck sites in the area-


Holovnia1 - 2/15/2018 8:31 PM
Rating Added: 5
My first charter after getting certified. Vis was great and I had a blast
GreggS - 8/20/2017 9:42 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/20/2017. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Nice, large wreck. While the outer hullis pretty much intact, years under water have taken a toll on the decks, which has created a lot of areas to drop down inside. There is a wide variety of sea life. Saw a stingray, some barracuda, and a few sand tiger sharks among other fish.
Coptrainer - 10/08/2016 11:31 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/2/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Coptrainer - 10/07/2016 11:46 AM
I went scuba diving on the Hyde on 10/2/16 with the Safaris I crew. Visibility wasn’t as good as my last dive on the Hyde, but still a great dive. saw several Sand Tiger Sharks and some nice size Barracudas.
ScubaFLee - 10/07/2016 7:11 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/2/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
First Wreck Dive!! Two big sand tigers swimming inside the wreck. One even went through my legs!
Coptrainer - 9/04/2016 10:49 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/10/2016. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Saw many sand tiger sharks and amberjack.
Sharkyjones - 9/03/2016 12:16 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/20/2016. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Saw about 6 Sand Tigers, spade fish, and plenty of schooling fish. Currents across the deck were about a knot. Great dive
Sharkyjones - 9/03/2016 12:08 PM
Rating Added: 4
June - July 2016, Three dives here, good visibility, plenty of Sand Tigers in July, Plenty of other fish too.
Kaedan - 6/11/2015 11:07 AM
Rating Added: 5
Took a charter here. The water was amazing, excellent visibility, a lot of swim through areas on the wreck, with plenty of wildlife. Was extremely happy to get up close with a few of the sand tigers swimming through.
lindy - 1/13/2015 3:58 PM
Rating Added: 4
great dive! lots of sand tiger sharks & good vis in september 2014
jeffcami - 9/13/2014 3:17 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/12/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
ellishugh - 9/14/2014 4:01 AM
How did you like the Hyde? See any Sand Tigers?
jeffcami - 9/15/2014 11:58 AM
I saw several sand tigers and 1 bull shark quite a bit closer (5-6 feet) than I would like to be. Very nice dive for sure and I will go back in the near future.
adkinssp - 7/16/2014 11:01 AM
Dove in June and will be there again this weekend. Sand tiger sharks were roaming all over the place, and vis was great.
tattooedjeeper - 4/29/2014 6:38 AM
Rating Added: 5
Had a great time on the Hyde. Looking forward to the next trip.
mike2114 - 4/09/2014 7:27 AM
Rating Added: 4
Great dive site. There are always an abundance of sand tiget sharks. It is a great first time experience with sharks.
allisonfinch - 11/15/2013 11:06 AM
Rating Added: 2
been there
Matt736 - 5/27/2013 4:48 AM
Rating Added: 5
Upright, good visibility.
watergypsy - 3/22/2013 4:14 PM
Rating Added: 5
Simple wreck and I always see sharks. Great night diving, too.
4thDimension - 10/09/2012 5:59 AM
Rating Added: 4
Great dive with Tiger Sharks! 07/29/2012
BoneCrusher - 9/19/2012 10:25 AM
Rating Added: 4
Great site, dove this site July 29, 2012. There were around 20 - 25 Sand Tiger Sharks around the wreck. Lots to see.

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