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Lana Carol trawler is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Lavalette, NJ. The maximum depth is 81-90ft/25-27m. The average visibility is 11-15ft/3-5m.

From NJ Scuba; This little wreck is almost completely intact and upright, although now badly rusted and beginning to cave in. The hatch covers over the cargo holds are missing, and problems with these are probably the reason the vessel sank in the first place. The masts are broken off and lying in the sand, and the entire wreck is covered with sea life.
Mussels are a foot thick on the top of the pilot house, along with thick stands of anemones. Lobsters can be caught in the sandy recesses around the hull, and be sure to shine your light into the big washout under the stern, where there is always a big bug lurking well out of reach. This is also sometimes a good wreck for scallops, and even the occasional Blackfish, although this small wreck can quickly be fished out of everything.

In the cargo hold, you can see the Lana Carol’s final haul of scallops. Higher up, the small cabin is opened up and safely and easily penetrated, although the doorway is a little tight. Under good conditions, this is probably the most picturesque wreck of the New Jersey coast. Over the winter of 2002-2003, storms moved the wreck about 10 feet "forward", leaving her rudder embedded in the sand behind her.

The picture below is a sister ship of the Lana Carol. This vessel appears to be rigged for trawling, rather than scalloping, however. It is possible that this was her original configuration, which was probably for shrimp trawling in the Gulf of Mexico. In any case, it is very similar.

Inside the wheelhouse

This steel hulled, ocean going fishing vessel was built in 1973. She was 71 feet long, had a 21 foot beam and displaced 104 gross tons.

In October of 1976,the Lana Carol was dredging for scallops when she floundered, possibly due to the rough sea or maybe even from being overloaded. All four aboard were rescued before the fishing boat slipped beneath the surface.

Today, the wreck rests upright in 85 feet of water with rigging out. She comes up 20 feet off the bottom and makes a nice beginner to intermediate wreck dive. Her remains are very photogenic on good visibility days.

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