The Transpac Wreck in British Columbia

Old image of the Transpac (formerly the Moose) courtesy Deep into Diving and sister ship The Impala - source unknown

A Transpac wreck charter is the perfect wreck dive opportunity for experienced and technical divers who wish to experience some of the best diving and one of the most awesome and unique natural wreck dives in British Columbia.

The Transpac was built in 1968 and was originally a 155 foot offshore oilfield supply vessel that operated in the Gulf of Texas, which was later converted into a fishing trawler for use up in Alaska.

Sadly, on November 22, 1986, she was speared in the side by a 200 foot freighter and immediately began to take on water.

The captain and crew attempted to beach the vessel but with nothing but shear, steep cliffs above and below the surface, the vessel ended up sinking stern first.

Four crew members survived but sadly a fifth was tossed into the water and was never seen again.

She slid down a wall and now rests almost vertically, with the stern at around 280 feet, the wheelhouse at about 130 feet and the bow at 115 feet.

From bow to stern and all the way down to the surrounding bottom and walls, there is loads of interesting marine life to explore and see as well as gear related to her life as a fishing boat.

Not only is this an awesome wreck for those that are properly trained, it is also in a beautiful, scenic part of the world, around 150 km southeast of Prince Rupert, and is near the interesting, abondoned former fishing, mining and logging camp at Butedale.

Mamro Transpac dive charters

A Transpac wreck charter boat is needed to be able to dive the Transpac, and a British Columbia liveaboard dive boat such as the Mamro is the ideal way to experience this interesting wreck.

Cooldives is pleased to be working with the Mamro to offer full-boat charters (up to 6 divers) to experience some of the best Port Hardy diving as well as 2 days of diving on the Transpac wreck.

A trip on the Mamro makes for a great scuba diving vacation.

CoolDives - Thanks so much for your help in coordinating my trip. You were extremely prompt and polite in all your replies. I had an outstanding time on the Mamro - Danny is a super pro at timing these dives with the right currents and tides. Food was great - and the company was great.

Thanks for the excellent recommendation!


Keith B. - Washington State

Full-Boat Port Hardy and Transpac trip: Tentative charter schedule (sample - can be customized):

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Meet & Greet in Port Hardy - board and set-up gear the night before

Day 1 early departure with first dive in the Deserters Group of Islands, and then 2nd dive at either Nakwakto Rapids or in Hakai Pass, depending on tides and conditions

Day 2 with 1st dive at Hakai Pass and 2nd dive at the Wreck of the Ohio

Day 3 with 1st dive at Heikish Narrows and 2nd dive at Swanson Bay

Day 4 and 5 spent diving the Transpac and the docks at Butedale, along with a shore excursion at Butedale

Day 6 with 1st dive at the Wreck of the James Drummond and the second at Codville Lagoon

Day 7 with 1st dive in Hakai Pass and 2nd dive at the Wreck of the Drumrock

Day 8 with 2 dives in the Slingsby Channel / Nakwakto Rapids area

Day 9 with 2 dives in the Deserters Group area

Day 10 with 2 dives in the world famous Browning Pass area and then return to Port Hardy.

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The trip is planned around 2 dives per day but a night dive can be added and the itinerary can be modified since it is a full-boat group charter.

Due to the weather conditions, this Transpac wreck charter is only available for select periods in the summer months so you will need to book now in order to secure a trip to the Transpac.

The scenery above and below the water on this Transpac wreck charter is fantastic.

There are usually lots of humpback whales in the area, eagles, sea otters, and more, and stops in Klemtu, Hartley Bay, Namu, Ocean Falls, or Butedale can be arranged.

Butedale is now basically a deserted ghost town that was developed on Princess Royal Island in 1918 as a fishing, mining and logging camp. A salmon cannery was operated there by the Canadian Fishing Company until it ceased operating in the 1950's.

Rumour has it one person still lives there and the old dam-powered generator still puts out some power?

And don't forget about relaxing in the natural hot springs at Bishop Bay.

Complete the form below and submit for pricing and availability from Captain Dan Ferris of the Mamro or contact us for Transpac Wreck information..

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