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USS Aeolus - Morehead NC

USS Aeolus is a boat accessible fresh water dive site, located in Morehead, NC. This dive site has an average rating of 3.71 out of 5 from 7 scuba divers.


Type: Cable repair ship
Size: 450’ x 58’ x 17’
History: Commissioned 18 June 1945, the Aeolus began as the attack cargo ship (AKA) Turandot. After spending the final months of WWII transporting troops and cargo throughout the Pacific theater, she was decommissioned on 17 April 1947. In 1954, Turandot was reoutfitted as a cable repair ship and recommissioned as the Aeolus (ARC-3). In her following 20 years of service, she operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific before being transferred to Miltary Sealift Command in October 1973. She remained the USS Aeolus until her final decommissioning in May 1985.

Sinking: The Aeolus was sunk in July 1988 as part of North Carolina’s artificial reef program.

Experience Level: Intermediate
Depth: 90-110 ft.
Visibility: Generally 40-70 feet
Summer Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Dive Notes: The Aeolus is a popular second dive on a full-day charter. She is home to the full array of offshore marine life, including sand tiger sharks that can often be found inside the cable storage compartment. Take note, however, that the wreck is in 3 pieces making navigation potentially difficult, especially in lower visibility. The Aeolus does offer limited penetration.

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SuperChuK - 4 days 14 hours ago.
Rating Added: 5

One of the greatest dives I’ve ever been on! Surrounded by sandtiger sharks with excellent viz, virtually no current, and beautiful structures!
Frankenfish - 9/30/2019 10:52 AM
Rating Added: 5
Great site, sharks