SS President Coolidge
This almost intact easy located wreckage is offshore near the waterline. The SS Coolidge provides ample opportunities for exploration in the ship?s upper region (the lower part is for more experienced divers as areas have collapsed due to earthquakes). Follow the line to the bow at Vanuatu and you will be treated to a time capsule worth of cannons and guns, trucks and jeeps (complete with inflated tires), helmets, and more personal equipment. Moving carefully on, you will encounter an entire ship in all its maritime splendour. Believe it or not there is a mosaic tile fountain, several crystal chandeliers, and a porcelain relief illustrating a mythical scene of a woman atop a unicorn (entitled The Lady). As if this weren?t enough, in abundance amid the coral reef are small reef fish and larger species like moray eels, barracuda, grouper, and sea turtles. It?s a visual feast. Deeper diving in the bottom section yields more. You find strategically-placed marked buoys and dive accordingly. You won?t run out of things to do on this almost 200 meter-long vessel. No one has seen it all. In fact, new discoveries are still taking place such as the surgery area at the 150-meter marker in which a trove of medications and medical equipment have been found. Navigating through some corridors and heavy silt will bring you to vials of Valium and boxes of first aid supplies?even a preserved appendix in a jar! The engine room beckons deeper down where you can see gauges in their final stage and enormous motors with huge electrical coils and condensers. It?s a sight to behold. Not far is the galley with counters and stoves intact. Cooking equipment and crockery is still there and has not been pillaged as loot. For some, the stern concludes the water adventure complete with massive propeller shafts (alas salvagers long ago pilfered the blades). The starboard one is at 55 meters while the port shaft measures a depth of 65. Who would want to miss the rudder? You can even swim through its hinge. ?
|Depth:?30 meters.||Visibility:?15-25 meters.||Location:?Find the wreck 50 meters off the shore of Vanuatu.||15? 31.452′ S 167? 14.113′ E|