Located in the Southwest Gulf of Maine, the coastal waters off Massachusetts Bay contain countless shipwrecks, often just a short distance offshore, for both recreational and technical divers like.
The tugboat, Baleen, sits upright, listing to starboard and is semi-intact at 52m/170ft. The top of the wreck can be reached at approximately 46m/151ft. For many years, the wreck was considered to be a "Hollywood Wreck" because it was completely intact with highly recognizable classic shipwreck features. Unfortunately, recent ocean storms have caused significant collapse of the wreck, and all of its superstructure. Read more >
The wreck of the Chester Poling exists in two sections separated by several miles with the stern section upright and intact in 28m/91ft and the bow section several miles away, turtled in 57m/190ft. The stern section of the wreck is perhaps the most popular wreck dive in New England, north of Cape Cod. It is what some call a "Hollywood Wreck" because it is intact, upright and has the classic features of a shipwreck that are obvious to almost any diver. The bow section is known as a "deep, dark and scary" dive with low visibility and very silty conditions. As a result, it is infrequently visited. Read more >
The Coyote is an interesting and challenging dive for the technical wreck diver. The hull itself is intact and sunk into the seafloor at a depth of 52m/170ft. The deck has collapsed and what remains are crossbeams and sections of partially intact deck planking. At the very end of the wreck at the stern, a large four-bladed propeller can be seen. Rising up over the top of the wreck, partially intact sections of deck remain. Swimming forward to the engine machinery, the propeller shaft can be seen in some areas. Further forward, the iconic trapezoidal water tube boiler, water tanks and the engine are present. This is one of the most interesting features of the wreck to explore. Firebrick furnaces can be seen down inside the wreck. Read more >
The Romance is a large debris field with only a few intact portions, such as the boilers and water tanks. Beginning in the stern, moving forward, small pieces of semi-intact wrecks are present, along with a rudder laying in the sand. Two propeller shafts run forward to the engine machinery. They are not completely contiguous, but they are easy to follow and use for navigation. Adjacent to the propeller shafts are hull plates and other wreckage. To venture off in these areas requires use of a guideline reel. Arriving at the engine machinery, the wreck becomes more confusing. The engine has been completely demolished and exists as a twisted heap. Some features are visibility such as the connecting rods. From here, to continue forward it is wise to use a guideline reel. Read more >