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Prince Albert - Scuba Cache

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Hidden : 8/14/2013
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Located 50' below sea level on the wreck of the Prince Albert off the South side of the Island of Roatan, Honduras. It is an Ammo can chained to the bottom of the midship hold on the center starboard side. Easy accessable as the wreck has been cleaned up and has large egress and exit holes cut into it. Having said that....

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 can approach this from the shore off Fantasy Island or CoCo View resort or any or the dive boats that operate in this area.

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The Prince Albert is an 140 foot island tanker freighter, with an intact superstructure, that was intentionally sunk in Roatan sometime in 1987. The tanker, owned by a group of Nicaraguans, left Nicaragua with a cargo of war refugees, headed for Roatan. After escaping its war-ravaged country and delivering the refugees, the ship remained in French Harbour, where it was stripped of valuables and left, partially submerged.

Bill Evans, owner of Coco View Resort, saw an opportunity to remove a hazard and gain a wreck for the benefit of his diving guests. Securing government approval proved difficult for Evans, but not impossible with assistance from local businessman Albert Jackson. Evans hired clean-up and welding crews and set about the task of preparing it for sinking.

Three weeks later, a local shrimp boat towed the tanker to Coco View. The sea was rough, and during the effort to transfer lines, they snapped and the ship ended up on the reef. Efforts over several weeks to release it were unsuccessful, and resulted in severe damage to the shrimp boat. Finally, in January 1985, a new steel-hulled shrimp boat owned by Jerry Hynds was commissioned for the task, and the ship was successfully pulled off the reef. A joint effort between the shrimp boats and the Coco View fleet tied the bow into the wind, then pumped water in until it sank. Soon after, a Coco View guest suggested that Evans name the ship Prince Albert, in appreciation of the assistance Mr. Jackson provided.

Nineteen years later, the tanker is in remarkably good shape, sitting upright in 18m of water. Many years of algae and soft coral growth now cover the 42 meter hull and a large collection of fish species have found their home in the cave-like structure. She is an interesting and save wreck to explore and no lights are required to enter the wreck. The deck hatches are open and penetration is possible through most openings. There is also a DC-3 airplane with an intact fuselage close by - follow the rope on the port side of the bow.

You may find thousands of silversides hovering inside and drift together in large schools, forming a shimmering synchronized display for the watcher. Near the wreck life's a colony of garden eels. Eagle rays frequent the wreck, a resident moray stands guard near the stern, and arrow crabs and seahorses share space along the deck. The wreck is completely covered with corals. Visibility is medium to excellent depending on the tide.

Currently sitting upright in 65 feet of water, the tanker is in remarkably good shape, with many years of algae and soft coral growth covering its large hull. Many fish species also call the cavernous channels and hollows of the tanker home.

 

The owner of this Cache (that would be me) lives in Texas and has been diving here every year. In the interim the good folk at CoCoView Resort have agree to maintain this cache for me if the log or anything need fixing in my absence. Email me if anything needs to be done. Have a great time with this cache and please post as many photos as you can exploring this wreck and finding this can.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Nzzb Pna

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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