USS Kittiwake

December 21, 2016

The second dive of the morning was on the USS Kittiwake (pronounced "kitty wake"). The Kittiwake was a five deck submarine rescue vessel. Decommissioned in the late seventies, the Kittiwake made its way to the Grand Cayman in January of 2011, to be intentionally sunk. It's most famously known for being the vessel that found the blackbox of the space shuttle Challenger after it exploded over the Atlantic ocean.

USS Kittiwake

Here's a quick view of the full length of the port side of the ship.

I can understand why it's such a popular site and ranks so highly with divers. It's a veritable playground. There are so many great places to take pictures with great views of the various structures used in its rescue operations.

I was having such a good time I had to get a couple of shots with myself at the site.

Finally we did a full swim through of the entire length of the ship. As with any purpose sunk wreck, the Kittiwake had been stripped of anything toxic and many extra port holes had been cut to make for easy access in or out of the hull.

That capped off a great day of diving in Grand Cayman. I highly recommend the area and I look forward to returning to see more of the other sites and more of the USS Kittiwake.

USS Kittiwake

Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


Dive Number:   115
Bottom Time: 43m
Time In: 10:39 a.m.
Tank In:
Max Depth: 60.00 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 11:22 a.m.
Tank Out:
Average Depth: 38.00 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:   46m
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 197h 22m