February 2022 – Newsletter

Next Meeting: February 15, 2022

Southwest Michigan Regional Airport, 1123 Territorial Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

(The 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

There was no meeting in December (per the schedule)

Dive Events

Feb 26 – Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival in Livonia, MI

Upcoming Dives

Feb 12 – Ice dive at Lake 16?  (if you can commit to diving or supporting the dive event, please reply to the post on the club Facebook page so we will know if there is enough interest, and enough ice!)

Tip of the Month

Most dive manufacturers require annual inspection or service to maintain the lifetime warranty of your regulator. Some people take the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach while others prefer to have their life support systems completely overhauled every year. The choice is yours, but a third alternative is to have a dive shop do an annual inspection to see if there are any indications that your reg should be disassembled for a more detailed inspection. While an inspection is not as thorough as a complete overhaul, it is a good way to get a quick check of your regulators condition and to look for any early signs of potential failure.

Wreck of the Month

The ROCKAWAY was built in Oswego, NY in 1866. 107′ long with a beam of 24′ she sailed the Great Lakes for 25 years. On November 19, 1891 the ship experienced a severe storm and became waterlogged. The Captain and crew of 5 were rescued from the ship not long before she sank 2 1/2 miles northwest of South Haven.  102 years later the wreckage was discovered when a fisherman’s anchor snagged into the anchor of the wreck.  With the assistance of the Michigan Maritime Museum, an extensive excavation and documentation of the wreck was undertaken with many artifacts being removed and preserved through the State of Michigan.

Today, the wreck lies in about 70′ with much of the hull visible,(depending on the drifting sand) along with the windlass and other pieces beyond the bow. The wreck is usually buoyed between Memorial Day and Labor day.

Jim Scholz

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