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Aug 2022 - Santo (Pres Coolidge)

Join Morgan and Pete on a trip to Vanuatu and one of the best known Dive Wrecks in the Pacific

Sunk by Mines in Oct 1942 attempting to enter the safe harbour of Espiritu Santo. SS President Coolidge is a massive Dive Wreck dived from the Beach.

 

Since her sinking Earthquakes and time have collapsed some sections of the wreck, which now rests on her port side with her bow at a depth of 21 metres and her stern at 73 metres.

 

Since 1983, the government declared that no salvage or recovery of any artifact would be allowed from President Coolidge.

 

Divers see a largely intact luxury cruise liner and a military ship. They can swim through numerous holds and decks. There are guns, cannons, Jeeps, helmets, trucks and personal supplies, a beautiful statue of "The Lady" (a porcelain relief of a lady riding a unicorn) chandeliers, and a mosaic tile fountain. Coral grows around, with many creatures such as reef fish, barracuda, lionfish, sea turtles and moray eels.

 

President Coolidge is a relatively accessible shipwreck due to easy beach access, and visibility.

 

The massive size of the wreck, combined with the gradual downward slope, mean that care must be taken monitoring depth, as the diver's horizontal frame of reference may be skewed, preventing awareness of the continual gradual descent.