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. IT IS ALL ABOUT HUNTERS, THE HUNTED AND THE HAPLESS By Stephen Weir Fidgety. Overheated. Impatient. The man with the double nitrox aluminum tanks and fully accessorized dry suit (with neoprene sneakers and matching gloves and hood) waited as the dive boat was secured to the remains of a Nazi U-boat sunk off the coast of North Carolina five wars ago. One of a dozen club members from Boston, he was sweating both figuratively and literally to get wet. For him this was the ultimate North Carolina T-shirt dive, the reason why he spent close to a day white knuckling it down the interstate to secure a berth at the end of the bench of the 55ft long dive boat Midnight Express. To his right, a photographer from Raleigh stood in the on-deck shower area. He grabbed the ship’s hand-held fresh water hose and filled his thin 3 mm wetsuit with hot water to get himself toasty warm before jumping into the rolling Atlantic Ocean. One diver was dressed for the south, the other for under the ice.
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Dive Directory for North Carolina Wreck Dives According to www.nc-wreckdiving.co m, a club operated website, there are over 50 dive shops and charter boats operating in the state. Of note are: Atlantis Charters Captain Bobby Edwards 145 Intracoastal Drive Beaufort, NC 28516 252-728-6244 www.atlantischarters.net/ Divers Down Atlantic Beach Causeway Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512 Captain Bob Cox (252) 240-2043 http://DiverDownScubaDiving.com Dive Hatteras Ann and Dave Sommers Teaches Lair Marina, Hatteras Village, NC 27943 703.818.1850 www.divehatteras.com Ghost Fleet Dive Charters Captain Crocket Dive Boat: Poppy 212 Thicket Lump Road Wanchese, NC 27981 (252) 423-0451 www.ghostfleetdivecharters.com Olympus Dive Center Captain Bobby Purifoy, 713 Shepard Street Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-9432 www.olympusdiving.com Outer Banks Diving Captain John "Johnny" Pieno 57540 Hwy 12 Hatteras Village, NC 27943 252-986-1056 www.outerbanksdiving.com/