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There are several wreck sites at Midway that divers are able to visit.  Some are rumored to exist but have not been located yet while others are in water too rough or shallow for safe diving.  Unfortunately all the ships lost during the actual Battle of Midway rest several thousand feet deep and about 100 miles to the north.


F4U CORSAIR AIRPLANE WRECK         116 feet         Advanced

Inverted fuselage and wings of a U.S. Navy fighter that collided in mid-air during a training mission in 1943. It rests upon a sandy bottom 200 feet west of a mooring and underwater telephone cable, making this an advanced dive with limited bottom time. The wreck is home to many rare species including Hawaiian Longfin Anthias, Japanese Angelfish, Psychedelic Wrasse, Bluespotted Scorpionfish, Schlegel’s Grouper, Whitemargined and Dragon Morays, Lobster, and more. Large Wahoo, or Ono, may be seen above the wreck during safety stops. Subject to current. Ten minutes from the harbor.



Length: 251'
Beam: 42'
Draft: 16'
Speed: 14.5kts
Complement: 102
Launched: July 12, 1942

Flag recovered from the USS Macaw presented to the captain's family


Info: http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/3211h.htm
Sister ship image: http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/09321002.jpg

20 to 60 feet         Intermediate

Remnants of a 250 foot Submarine Tender in the main channel.  The scenic bow lays at an angle over sand and rock in 25 feet of water. A mass of steel plates and pipes extend to the stern at 55 feet. The ship ran aground in 1944 while salvaging a submarine where the Water Barge now rests. After a large storm, the Macaw was swept into deeper water 100 meters west of the Water Barge. It too can only be visited during calm days at high tide. Titan Scorpionfish, Spiny Lobster, Yellowbar Parrotfish, Hawaiian Morwongs, and Moray Eels are common here.


Ran aground in 1944 during the salvage of the submarine, USS Flier.  Three weeks later on February 13, the Macaw capsized and slid into the main channel during a fierce winter storm.  Five sailors were lost at se.  Her captain LCDR P. W. Burton took the only remaining lifejacket which didn't have straps and went down with the ship.

The wreck was demolished by divers to clear the channel, leaving only the bow intact at 30 feet.  The twisted remains of the ship provide shelter for many species of marine life and the current-swept channel hosts mantas, eagle rays, and countless sharks.  The ship's anchors and rudder are located atop the shallow reef between the bow and the Water Barge.  The wreck site and channel are normally rough and can only be dived a few times a month.



12 to 20 feet        Intermediate

A dive around this partially submerged Ferro-cement water supply barge is only possible during calm conditions at high tide. It broke free of its towline in 1957 and is a prominent landmark on Midway’s south reef.  It is an excellent subject for wide-angle photography, with sunlight streaming through numerous "windows" in addition to a massive amount of schooling chubs, goatfishes, and flagtails. Rare fishes include large Barred and Spotted Knifejaws, and Green Sea Turtles. Five minutes from the harbor and accessed from the U.S.S.Macaw mooring buoy.


The ferro-cement Water Barge ran aground in the 1950's and rests in 15 feet of water just east of the USS Macaw.  The crumbling remains of the barge extend 20 feet above the sea and serve as a landmark to the main channel.  Huge schools of fish inhabit the wreck and deck gear and anchors are strewn about the surrounding reef.


TRASH BARGE (removed 2001)

This vessel was abandoned on the south shore next to the 'Bulky Dump' fill area.  The sharp rusting hulk was completely dismantled in 2001 to prevent monk seal injury/entrapment.