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Steamboat Wreck Subic Bay Philippines

Following up on a promising “sonar blip” and diving under the direction of Johan de Sadeleir in Subic Bay Philippines on Dec 16, 2016, we found small wreck at 37m depth. It is about 77-85ft. long and about 25ft. across the beam. Probably wooden, she has deteriorated somewhat but the anchor (looks like a Byers stockless variety), some wooden ribbing, a steam boiler, engine, drive shaft and three blade propeller and possible mast are all clearly evident. Being heavily encrusted with coral growth; it’s very hard to tell exactly what type of ship she was so we’re looking for clues to identify and date her. Around the boiler are many bricks with “A.P. GREEN – MEXK0” embossed on them. A.P. Green ran a brick-works in Mexico Missouri that received recognition from the military for their contribution to the war effort especially since their fire-bricks where used to line the boilers of war ships. Our research suggests the “MEXKO” fire brick was only manufactured from 1929-1942. This is a video taken May 3, 2017. Diving that day were Julian Bland, Ian Major and Paul Birdseye (me).Vis was “fair” at about 5 – 7m


Being heavily encrusted with coral growth; it’s very hard to tell exactly what type of ship she was so we’re looking for clues to identify and date her. Around the boiler are many bricks with “A.P. GREEN – MEXK0” embossed on them. A.P. Green ran a brick-works in Mexico Missouri that received recognition from the military for their contribution to the war effort especially since their fire-bricks where used to line the boilers of war ships. Our research suggests the “MEXKO” fire brick was only manufactured from 1929-1942. This is a video taken May 3, 2017. Diving that day were Julian Bland, Ian Major and Paul Birdseye (me).Vis was “fair” at about 5 – 7m

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