Me in my DrySuit...looking
kinda wet....This was Christmas morning 2001,
one of my favorite
places to dive, a deep canyon that is right off of shore. Love
This is the HMCS Yukon. She sits on her port(left) side, with
her Bow(nose) pointing north.
The picture you see here is starboard(right) side facing up toward
the sky, the nose is pointing north.
If you tilt your head to the left, that is what it would look
like if it were standing straight up.
I was fortunate to get a chance to "stand watch" on
this lady while she was still floating, and tied up next
to the Star of India.They didn't want vagrants inhabiting the
hull and possibley getting hurt.
I also got a chance to wonder around at night with a flashlight
and check the place out.
One place I didn't get to go into was the engine room. I was told
it was too dangerous to go into at the time.
I looked in and could hear the water dripping in. This is what
started me thinking that I wanted to scuba dive.
Now I am certified and I want to eventually get enough experience
to go into the engine room, a penetration dive.
The following is a
pictural of my experiences with and on the Yukon.
They are a story...
I put them here as a tribute for those that have encouraged me
and helped me along my travels
and journeys, and for those who will not be able to or cannot
dive anymore. For the story tellers and myth makers,
and those who have died to help further the cause.
Too my dive buddies Ed and Jim, Thanks for the fun and sharing
Let me not forget those that I have to thank for all of this,
let me not forget:
Getting, or trying
to get some shut eye:
The morning after,
after being up all night and trying to stay warm:
The first time diving
on the Yukon, getting ready:
Ed, Me, Jim, Respectively...
A really Stoked Ed...
Jim and I studying
the "Slate", a picture map of the ship. This is right
before the second dive,
the first dive was very disorienting, due to the list(slant) of
the ship. The Second dive was much better.
Ed and I, Last minute
checks, and checks again...
Spending a few moments
alone, Thinking abouthow far I have come, where I have been,
and where I am going. Alittle mental prep:
after the first dive, sitting and talking about how it was. Very
More dives aboard the
Captain Jim Stickler,Captain
of the Hydrodiver. He was also very instrumental with Project
as well as being a donor for the project, he was in charge of
Diver Emergency and Rescue.
Needless to say I felt I was in good hands.
Keeping a watchful
eye for the divers on his boat.
Again, Keeping an eye
The Hydro Diver...
The following are below
sea level. Also my first time trying to take pictures with my
One of the plates that
commemorates the yukon.
This is insideone compartment,
I don't remember which one, but I did get to penetrate on this
As you can see. not too deep, but deep enough for now.
Looking up at the fellow
The author again:
This is a nother "tilt
your head" to the right shot. This is the front of the bridge.
The following couple
shots are not from the yulon. but from a squid run I witnessed,