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I was hoping someone would find this, but with 2 dives in on the wreck this year and no finds it is most likely gone.

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The Queen of Nassau -Technical Scuba Cache-

A cache by azchipka Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 05/19/2011
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Welcome to one of the hardest caches in the world to recover. This is also currently the deepest scuba cache in the world, at the time of submission. Located at 220' below the ocean waves collecting this cache will be nothing short of an adventure.

This cache is part of a series of scuba caches I am placing through out the world. This is a very special cache indeed due to its placement nature. This cache is outside of the range of recreational scuba divers and requires advanced level dive training including the use of trimix and decompression procedures.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COLLECT THIS CACHE WITH OUT PROPER TRAINING OR IT JUST MIGHT BE THE LAST CACHE YOU EVER ATTEMPT TO COLLECT!

You are looking for a Pelican Container that is located on the bow section of the wreck. The container is weighted to keep it underwater. Inside the container you will find a Divers Notebook with waterproof pages as well as a pencil! Please ensure you sign the log book. If you can get a picture of yourself on the wreck all the better. Located on the inside of the pelican container is also a hint that is part of my scuba multi-for the Florida Keys. Make sure you collect the hint even if you are not doing the multi-cache you have the hint in the event you decide to attempt it in the future.

The cache container is able to be opened underwater please do not bring the container back to the surface for any reason! Any items placed in this cache should be placed with the expectation that it may be months or even years before someone else comes to collect them. Those placing trackables should do so knowing they may rest here for a very long time. This is also a great final resting place for trackables that have a goal of living under the waves of the ocean.

Container is large enough for a number of trackables.

A special gift (limited edition collectable custom scuba geocoin) is in store for the first 50 people who collect this cache but you will need to take a few extra steps to get your gift. To collect your prize you will need to not only prove you visited the cache but also that you had the proper training for collecting it. To collect the special prize send a message to the cache owner (azchipka@thechipkahouse.com) and include a copy of your dive computer log, a photo of you with the cache, and your certification information that permits diving to 220' or greater. These steps are not required to collect the cache itself but are required to get the special gift. Clearly your mailing information will also be needed to send you the geocoin.

When replacing the cache please please ensure it is returned to the location you found it and in the same condition or better that you found it in.

There are only a select number of dive operators in the keys who are able to provide the training and charters to get to this location so you will need to locate one of the technical dive shops in the upper keys.

The Association of Underwater Explorers have identified a shipwreck resting in 220 feet of water off Islamorada as the steamer Queen of Nassau, formerly the gunboat C.G.S. Canada. The Queen of Nassau sunk on July 2, 1926, while en route from Miami to Tampa. At the time, she was owned by Barron Gift Collier, Sr., a prominent Florida businessman who was largely responsible for the development of Southwest Florida.

Built in England in 1904, the Canada became the flagship of the Canadian Fisheries Protection Service. She was 200 feet long and 25 feet wide, a miniature version of a naval cruiser. Stationed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the primary responsibility of the C.G.S. Canada was the protection of Canadian fishing interests in the northwest Atlantic, though she conducted numerous other maritime duties. In 1911, she became the primary training ship for the newly-established Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.). Many of the new officers trained on the Canada would go on to lead the R.C.N. in years to come. Eventually commissioned into the R.C.N. in 1914, she served as a patrol vessel throughout World War I. Decommissioned in 1919, she returned to the Fisheries Protection Service until her subsequent sale in 1924.

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