Palos Verdes Dive Site; Wreck of the S. S. Avalon

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on January 16, 2019 at 20:33:33:

The once regal steamship S. S. Avalon, later relegated to a life of a salvage barge sank on September 16, 1964 in seventy feet of water three thousand feet off Chiswick Road. The bow rests at 3347.313N 11825.682W and the stern lies less than three hundred feet away at 3347.360N 11825.685W. It can be reached from the trail across from Chiswick Road at a heading of 300.

When visibility allows, you can swim from one end of the ship to the other and back on a single tank. Rusting ribs mark the path between the stern and bow.

I have seen Giant Sea Bass and thick schools of fish on the Avalon, but my favorite part of the dive are the parallel ridges surrounding the wreck. Walls of five feet tall rock separated by narrow sand channels hold sponges and nudibranchs.

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