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North Carolina Wreck Diving

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EM Clark

The EM Clark was a twin screw tanker built in 1921 carrying crude oil for the Standard Oil Company from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to the US east coast. She was carrying heating oil from Baton Rouge to New York when she crossed paths with the U-124 under the command of Kapitanleutnant Mohr on March 18, 1942. Two torpedoes quickly sent her to a watery grave in the blue Gulf Stream waters southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Descending the anchor line you catch a view of the Clark's starboard propeller starting at about a hundred feet. The hull has a Disneyesque appearance of a large plastic toy carefully placed on the bottom.
Swimming off the wreck about a hundred feet it is possible to view the entire stern section of the hull. The starboard propeller reaches upward toward the while the rudder has fallen hard to the port. The stern propeller is barely visible beneath the rudder.
Swimming around the stern one sees the steering quadrant turned hard to port. Deck winches are visible forward of the steering quadrant. Note the washout at the stern.
A diver swims past the skeletal remains of the stern superstructure. What torpedoes were unable to destroy, the elements have accomplished with time. Portholes and other artifacts from this area lie in the sand in 240 feet of salt water.
Looking forward and upward one sees the deck of the Clark rising to 200 feet with most of the deck appurtenances still attached. The large opening at the lower right is the engine room skylight.
Swimming forward on the wreck, a diver examines an opening in the deck near the sand amidships. This area is located between the stern superstructure and the bridge.
Looking forward toward the bow one sees one of the masts of the Clark lying in the sand, some deck machinery and the bow in the background. Note that some of the deck plates are beginning to deteriorate.
Swimming about 40 feet to the top of the hull, one sees sand tiger sharks silently patrolling the Clark at 200 feet and sending the divers off on their lengthy decompressions.

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