BOW AND SAND BELOW HOLDS (Maximum depth 35 to 40m)
This is not normally done as a dive by itself, but as a part of the dives to the front two holds or on the way back from spots such as The Bridge, The Swimming Pool or The Lobby.
At the bow there is a rope that leads back to the deco stop. The first thing back from the "pointy end" is the chain locker/stores hatch Then there are two huge anchor winches. On the port and starboard sides there are two large gun turrets. These are three inch guns, both pointing forward. The upper one can give you very good photographic opportunities. A huge eel (called Nessie) lives either in the base of the top one or the base of the winches.
Since mid-2000s, a large Queensland groper can normally be found in this area as well. Since Boris, the huge (and I do mean huge) Queensland groper died (well, went missing after more than 30 years living here) in early 2000s, this smaller version has taken up residence. He has been named Homer and is quite agressive at times if you are carrying bread to feed the fish. If you are a blonde with long hari, also take care as he seems to go for the hands of such women, probably because the owner of the Deco Stop Dive Resort is blonde and she often carries bread.
|The upper three inch bow gun||Some of the Jeep steering wheels at the bow|
Next is Hold One. Under the lower gun there are some interesting items. There used to be a pistol (maybe it is still there hidden), a typewriter, a large number of fire extinguishers, some Jeep steering wheels, a huge spare anchor that fell off the deck and further out a lot of aluminium aircraft drop tanks. From here you pass the masts and crane arms, which all point down to the sand. There is a powerstation in between the masts but there is only a small room that can be explored. Nearly at the end of the mast is the Crow's Nest. This is quite an interesting thing to see.
Further on you get to Hold Two and then The Bridge. In front of the bridge there is the cover of hold two, an enormous piece of metal lying upright against the bridge.
|The Crow's Nest||A typewriter on the send below the bow area|
As mentioned, do this section when returning from another dive.
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