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USS New York - Philippines

USS New York is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located at Subic Bay, Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippines. This dive site has an average rating of 4.20 out of 5 from 5 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 81-90ft/25-27m. The average visibility is 26-30ft/8-9m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills.

Built in 1891, the ship served in the Philippine-American war, the Chinese revolution and WW1. She was decommissioned in 1931 and stayed in Subic Bay for the next ten years until scuppered by US forces to prevent the massive 17-inch guns from falling into Japanese hands.

She lies on her port side in 27m of water, with the topmost parts at 20m. The wreck is pretty much intact, although there is damage to the starboard side, particularly the mess and gun decks. Five decks are of interest.

The main deck at the top contains two sets of turret-guns, both of which are still intact. The bridge has been lost. One deck down is the gun deck. Access is easy through many gun ports. Next is the berth deck - accommodation, mess and officers’ quarters. Two hatchways to the stern are easy to penetrate. As all wooden bulkheads are missing, movement through this level is easy. Below this are the stores, magazines and coal bukers. Access here is easiest through grills under the aft gun turrets on the gun deck.

All the above decks are 6 ft in height. The final, lowest deck is the engine room which is 20ft high. Access is difficult and it is still largely unexplored. All four engines are confirmed to be still in place. Saftey margins here are extremely low.

The wreck is home to barracuda, lionfishes, spotted sweetlips, groupers, lobsters and spotted rays. Photography is excellent.

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todd999 - 8/15/2016 9:30 AM
Rating Added: 5
Wow check out the guns on her!
Agojo - 6/29/2014 5:32 PM
Rating Added: 2
Vis on 2/1/14 was at best 10 ft. Large ship plenty of life but vis limited photography.