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Palos Verdes Dive Site; The Crane


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Posted by Max Bottomtime on January 11, 2019 at 09:31:09:

Al Kidman, a former logger from Idaho came to California in the 1960s seeking a fortune from salvaging derelict shipwrecks. He was better known for the dozens of wrecks he left in his wake. He skipped town after owing tens of thousands of dollars in fines for sinking old ships in the outer harbor. After salvaging the Dominator wreck off Rocky Point, he "lost" the Avalon, Landing Craft, crane and other machinery to the sea.

These days the crane rests on its side off Haggerty's. Instead of pulling up rusty iron, it now attracts fish and lobster. Various schools of fish have become permanent residents of the crane. Larger fish sometimes make an appearance including Mola Mola, Six-gill and Seven-gill sharks as well as Giant Sea Bass.

During the late summer through fall, lobsters may be found piled high under the crane. Be careful when reaching into their hiding places. There are also three resident Moral eels here.

Located at 3348.296N 11824.540W, 760 yards off the end of the Haggerty's trail at 312




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