Alki Junkyard – Critters and Bottles

September 18th, 2009

Some divers in the area are really into bottle hunting. It’s a sport of sorts; finding rare and old bottles that have survived the decades, submerged and buried in silt. I have to admit that I’ve found a few myself, that were interesting, including a really, really old, classic Coke bottle. Cleaning them is a bit of a chore, but once you have them all sparkly and clean again – they’re pretty neat.

Today a dive buddy and bottle hunting enthusiast and I went for a dive at the Alki Junkyard – a lesser known Seattle dive site, just around the corner from Cove 2, that seems to always offer something interesting.

During our hour long dive, I came across a HUGE glass jug. It took just about all of my effort to drag it over to him (with no help from breathing in, since I dive a CCR). I could see the excitement in his eyes as he registered what I’d found, down at around 75-80fsw. The next thought we had was how the heck to get this gigantic jug back to shore. First my buddy tried rolling it with very little success and a lot of silt. Then we got the bright idea of filling it partially with my nitrox bailout and tying it to his finger spool. Here’s the result, an easily transported giant glass bottle (jug)!

floating a jug

And here’s our prize, at the surface.
Jugheads

The Alki Junkyard has a number of great things to see there, aside from giant glass jugs. Click the image below to take an underwater tour of the sights to be seen at this little gem of a dive site.

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If you’re adventurous and you want to dive the Alki Junkyard, know that it is a current intensive dive site, so you’ll want to check the tides & currents before splashing there. Here’s how to find the site:

  • Drive along Alki Avenue SW along the main strip where all the restaurants are.
  • Once you come to the small Statue of Liberty along the beachwalk, you’re getting close.
  • You’ll want to park as soon as you see some residential townhomes on the water, where the public beach access ends.
  • About 25 yards along the beach before the townhouses is a set of stairs that goes down to the beach – use these. The nearest address is 2922 Alki Ave. SW. (click for Google Map)
  • If you’re facing the water, you’ll see a buoy about 20 yards out and to the left. This is a good buoy to go down if you need a line. If you prefer do descend earlier just swim out from shore until the eelgrass ends and the slop begins.
  • Most of the structure is South (toward the townhouses) from the buoy, in about 50-75fsw, depending on the tide.

Have fun and dive safe!

Update

Here are some recent macro shots from the Alki Junkyard, taken 9-27-10.

Entry Filed under: Puget Sound,SCUBA

4 Comments
  • 1
    Siuling
    September 19th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Clever! I was wondering how you take that big bottle up. Both of you do have a triumphant look in the photo. Neat!

  • 2
    Gooch
    February 7th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Calvin, that jug is soooooooo cool. Plus, creative how you took it home. I got to dive cove 2 for the first time yesterday (since I’m in the pdx area, I don’t get to dive all the sound sites as much as I want). It was pretty nice, but there were a lot of folks stirring up the shallows. I did see the biggest freaking ling cod ever—he was by the honey bear’s bow–must have been at least 6′ and huge around.

    Later- and thanks for running the nwdive club site- I really enjoy reading and posting there.

    pat guthrie
    camas, wa

  • 3
    spudgunman
    September 28th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    ahh your giving away the location to the best dive site in the area! 😀

  • 4
    Calvin
    September 28th, 2010 at 10:38 am
    Calvin

    I want other people to enjoy it too!


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