- Feb 24, 2020
Bottles are dumped away... they were garbage. Shipwrecks are technically still property of the shipping company, and the “very few” divers who visit it will be certainly disappointed that the wreck will soon be stripped to some planking of the hull.That same argument could be made for the bottles we dig...noting that the bottles we dig would survive for hundreds or thousands more years in the ground but the ocean will destroy most shallow wrecks very quickly. I know this is a sensitive topic, but removal of a wooden deadeye from a coastal wreck preserves that artifact and certainly won't decrease the enjoyment of the likely very few divers who visit this wreck.
If a wreck is a century old and the deadeye still looks like that, I’m sure it’s fine just where it is. They also will dry out quickly and rot on land... unless you brush it with water and such every week.Is it better for a deadeye to rot in the ocean, or to be lovingly preserved and admired for a long time? We never would have seen this if OP didn't dive for it. I'm not trying to pick a fight! I definitely see the value on both sides of the debate.