DIVE SITE DESCRIPTIONS

01    ANNISQUAM SHORES - Access: Boat

Annisquam Shores is a 1/2 mile expanse of rocky coast from the Annisquam Lighthouse on Wigwam Point east-northeast to Davis Neck. Water depths reach 12 to 20 feet for a distance of 1/4 mile from shore.

02    DAVIS NECK - Access: Boat

Davis Neck is a prominent peninsula protruding 1/4 mile out to sea from the east end of Annisquam Shores...it separates Annisquam Shores from (and forms the west shore of ) Hodgkins Cove.

03   HODGKINS COVE - Access: Boat

The inner shore of Hodgkins Cove is about 1/8 mile long and is flanked on its west side by Davis Neck and on its east side by a thin 1/4 mile long jetty. Hodgkins Cove is a very well protected inlet; its soundings reach to only 18 feet at its mouth. Considered an anchorage area, diving here will often attract the attention of the environmental police.

04    BAY VIEW SHORES - Access: Boat

The extent of Bay View Shores is a little over 1/4 mile of rocky coast from Hodgkins Cove to Plum Cove. At extreme low tide two rock reefs are visible immediately offshore, one about midway along the coast and the other at the north end just adjacent to Plum Cove. Depths to 18 feet are reached up to a distance of 1/8 mile offshore.

05   PLUM COVE - Access: Boat and Shore (a short hike from limited parking area)

Plum Cove's inner shore is about 100 yards long and is flanked on its southwest side by Bay View Shores and on its northeast side by Lanesville Shores South. Plum Cove changes dramatically between high and low tide. The center of the cove has a rock island which is exposed at low tide and is completely covered at high tide. Because of its gentle sloping bottom, and rocky boundaries on both sides, Plum Cove is a popular site for scuba instructors conducting open water training dives...it's a good starting place for beginner divers. The cove’s center island and the offshore reefs are excellent lobstering grounds.

06    LANESVILLE SHORES SOUTH - Access: Boat

The extent of Lanesville Shores South is a little less than 1/2 mile of granite coast from Plum Cove to Lanes Cove. A U.S. Coast guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" unlighted can buoy (green...#1) marks the outer limit of an extensive rock reef which borders the northeast side of Plum Cove. Depths all around the reef range to 12 to 18 feet, dropping to 30 feet just seaward of the buoy. Soundings along Lanesville Shores South vary from 12 to 30 feet less than 1/4 mile offshore.

07   LANES COVE (Mouth-Of-Lanes-Cove) - Access: Boat

Lanes Cove is a restricted anchorage area...diving is not permitted. The "Mouth-Of-Lanes-Cove" (the ocean outside the cove), separating Lanesville Shores South from Lanesville Shores North, is relatively shallow (less than 6 feet at low tide) but drops quickly to 30 feet about 100 yards from the cove entrance.   Watch out for boat traffic.

08    LANESVILLE SHORES NORTH - Access: Boat

The extent of Lanesville Shores North is one mile of rocky coast from Lanes Cove to Folly Point. Water depths reaching 30 feet are experienced at a distance of 200 to 300 yards offshore.

09   FOLLY POINT - Access: Boat

Folly Point is one of the most northerly prominences of Cape Ann . Folly Point separates Lanesville Shores North from Folly Cove. Like a great foot, the ocean lapping at its instep, Folly Point thrusts its toe 300 yards out to sea into 60 feet of water.

10   FOLLY COVE - Access: Boat and Shore (moderate hike from residents-only parking area off Washington Street )

Folly Cove is a triangular indentation in the northern coastline of Cape Ann . From the inner bouldered shore, the west bank (called "the wall") extends over 1/4 mile to Folly Point. The east bank follows Route 127. The distance across the cove from the Route 127 side to the Folly Point side is 1/4 mile. Depths in the cove vary, gradually dropping to 60 feet at the mouth.

 

11    HALIBUT SHORES - Access: Boat

Halibut Shores is a gentle curving rocky shore, about 1/2 mile long, extending from Folly Cove to Halibut Point. Depths to 60 feet are reached at a distance of 300 yards from shore.

12   HALIBUT POINT - Access: Boat and Shore (a long hike from parking area off Gott Avenue ...there's a parking fee)

Halibut Point is the most northern part of Cape Ann . It is an abrupt curve in the coast, extending for a distance of 1/2 mile from Halibut Shores to Hoop Pole Cove. The bottom slopes down to a depth of 60 feet about 300 yards from shore.

13   HOOP POLE COVE - Access: Boat

Hoop Pole Cove is a noticeable indentation in the coast line immediately south of Halibut Point. The arc of the cove is about 1/2 mile in length extending from Halibut Point to Andrews Point . Depths in the cove reach 18 feet.

14   ANDREWS POINT - Access: Boat

Andrews Point is formed by an east-west directed shore meeting a north-south directed shore, creating an almost 90 degree angle. The bottom slopes away from the coast, attaining a depth of 60 feet about 1/4 mile from shore.

15   OCEAN BLUFF - Access: Boat

Ocean Bluff extends from Andrews Point south to Angle Point, paralleling Point-de-Chene Avenue . The coast is very rugged; depths to 18 feet are reached at a distance of 100 yards from shore.

16   ANGLE POINT - Access: Boat

Angle Point is identifiable by a deep cut in the rocky coast just south of Ocean Bluff. The water action in the cut is quite spectacular at times. Depths range to 30 feet about 150 yards from shore.

17   THE LEDGES - Access: Boat

The Ledges (a terraced shore between Angle Point and Cathedral Rocks) has depths from 30 feet to 60 feet 1/8 mile from shore.

18   CATHEDRAL ROCKS - Access: Boat and Shore (access to a narrow, limited, right-of-way over Cathedral Rocks is from the vicinity of the Emerson Inn on Cathedral Avenue off Phillips Avenue...limited parking or have hassle free parking and access by staying at the Emerson Inn)

Almost 3/4 mile long, Cathedral Rocks is an expanse of smooth, cobbled, bouldered, terraced, and rugged coast, slightly indented, facing due east. The bottom profile closely follows that of the shore, continuing the angle of descent out to the ocean floor at a depth of 70-plus feet 1/4 mile from the coast. Cathedral Rocks is one of Cape Ann ’s best shore dives, having somewhat limited shore line parking and spectacular underwater scenery. The climb is memorable.

19   FISHERMAN'S CANYON - Access: Boat and Shore (a tumbled-rock climb down to water's edge from the end of Breakwater Avenue ... limited parking)

Fisherman's Canyon is a deep bowled feature of the underwater terrain approximately 50 yards from shore just south of Cathedral Rocks and north of the jumbled rock "wharf" which forms the north buttress of Pigeon Cove Harbor .

20   PARK-AND-WHARF - Access: Boat and Shore (a tumbled-rock climb down from the end of Breakwater Avenue ...limited parking)

Park-and-Wharf is the odd name associated with the granite "wharf" which forms the north buttress of Pigeon Cove Harbor . The underwater profile closely follows the angle of the shore, descending to a depth of 70-plus feet about 1/4 mile from the coast.

21   PIGEON ROCK - Access: Boat

Pigeon Rock is marked by a U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" unlighted nun buoy (red...#2) at the east end side of the entrance to Pigeon Cove Harbor...just off the end of the granite "wharf" peninsula on the south shore of Cathedral Rocks. The bottom profile boasts depths of 30 to 40 feet.

 

22    PIGEON COVE SHORES - Access: Boat and Shore (access and parking for guests of the Yankee Clipper Inn)

Due south of the entrance to Pigeon Cove Harbor, Pigeon Cove Shores presents a granite buttress to the sea, with depths underwater reaching to 30 and 40 feet at a distance offshore of less than 100 yards. The rocky bottom of Pigeon Cove Shores provides excellent lobstering and crabbing.

23   MITCHELL ROCK - Access: Boat

Mitchell Rock is at the north end of an underwater plateau about 1/4 mile east of Pigeon Cove Shores and 1/4 mile north of the U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" fixed day beacon (red...#2) on Dodge Rock. At low tide the depth of water over Mitchell Rock is about 4 feet. Depths around Mitchell Rock range from 20 feet on the inshore side to 40 feet on the ocean side. Lobstering is excellent (as is crabbing) in the vicinity of Mitchell Rock.

24    BARTLETT ROCK - Access: Boat

Bartlett Rock is 1/4 mile due east offshore from Pigeon Cove Shores . Bartlett Rock is in the center of the rocky underwater plateau whose northern limit is defined by Mitchell Rock and whose southern limit is defined by the Dodge Rock fixed day beacon (red...#2). Water depths over Bartlett Rock are less than 6 feet. Great lobstering and crabbing here!

25   DODGE ROCK - Access: Boat

Dodge Rock is marked by a U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" fixed day beacon (red...#2). About 200 yards northeast of the outer tip of Granite Pier, Dodge Rock is awash from time-to-time. Depths in the vicinity of the rock vary, dropping to 40 and 50 feet a short distance to the east.

26   GRANITE PIER (diving from Granite Pier is prohibited) - Access: Boat

Granite Pier is a manmade rocky peninsula forming the east boundary of Gull Cove. Its irregular coast line provides very interesting diving with relatively shallow depths of 20 to 30 feet occurring less than 100 yards off shore.

27   SANDY BAY LEDGE - Access: Boat

Sandy Bay Ledge is an underwater and above-water feature just outside Gull Cove. The above-water island is about 50 yards long. Sandy Bay Ledge has adjacent waters which range in depth from less than 10 feet on its inshore side to 30 feet on its offshore side.

28   ROWE POINT - Access: Boat

Rowe Point is a rocky buttress facing in an easterly direction and having water depths along its 1/8 mile shore of only 10 to 20 feet.

29    BACK BEACH - Access: Boat and Shore (after a short hike from limited parking on Beach Street )

Back Beach is a little over 1/4 mile long boulder strewn beach with granite flanking peninsulas at both ends. Back Beach presents a uniform sloping bottom extending out 1/4 mile, with depths of 15 to 20 feet. Back Beach is a popular scuba training site.

30    SANDY BAY BREAKWATER - Access: Boat

The Sandy Bay Breakwater is a large manmade structure which stands offshore at a distance of 1 to 2 miles. The breakwater is angled and its length is over 1-1/2 miles. A 300 yard long portion in the center protrudes above the surface at all times and is readily recognizeable when viewed from shore. The extent of the structure as viewed from shore runs east and south starting with a submerged portion whose extreme end is marked by a U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" quick-flashing gong buoy (green...#3). The above-water section marks the change in direction which the breakwater makes from a generally east-west direction to a generally north-south direction. Being mostly submerged for a major part of this leg, the other end is marked by a U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" bell buoy (red...#2) at Avery Ledge. The Sandy Bay Breakwater sits in 80 feet of water at its northwest end and 40 to 50 feet of water at its southeast end. The submerged portions of the structure are only a few feet below sea level with some stretches exposed at very low tides. In cross section the breakwater resembles a pyramid, being of uniformly assembled blocks at the top and giving way to a wide-based tumble of huge granite boulders extending to the sea floor.

 

31   THE FLAT GROUND - Access: Boat

The Flat Ground is a plateau 1/2 mile long (north-south direction) and 1/4 mile wide (east-west direction). It begins 1/4 mile east of the south end of the exposed portion of the Sandy Bay Breakwater...this end of the Flat Ground is marked by a U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" nun buoy (red...#2). The opposite end of the plateau is marked by a bell buoy (green...#1). Water over the Flat Ground is between 10 and 20 feet deep with the edges of the plateau dropping to 100 feet on the offshore sides and 50 to 60 feet on the inshore sides.

32   THE HAIGHT - Access: Boat

The Haight is a submerged shipwreck. The wreckage litters the southern edge of the Flat Ground. At low tide parts of the wreck are awash. The site must be approached with caution.

33   THE LITTLE SALVAGES - Access: Boat

The Little Salvages are almost 3/4 mile east of the U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" bell buoy (red...#2) on Avery Ledge. At low tide the Little Salvages have very little water over them, with a 1/4-mile long rocky outcropping being visible. Water depths all around this dive site range from 15 to 20 feet.

34   THE DRY SALVAGES ("Bates' Place") - Access: Boat

The Dry Salvages are never completely covered with water (thus the name "dry") and stand on the same submerged mesa as the Little Salvages. A little over one mile east of Avery Ledge, the Dry Salvages is the top of a granite hill the major portion of which is about 4 to 6 feet below sea level. Around the perimeter of this dive site the water drops to 30 to 60 feet deep. The south end boasts spectacular canyons and crevices. The southern end is also the final resting place of the trawler “Racketeer” (1994).

35   THE HEADLANDS - Access: Boat

The Headlands face generally northeast and represent the conspicuous division between Rockport Harbor and Old Garden Beach to the southeast. The underwater terrain is relatively shallow, dropping to about 20 feet at a distance of 150 yards offshore.

 

36   GULLY POINT - Access: Boat and Shore (a short walk from Marmion Way...no parking)

Gully Point separates Old Garden Beach from Gully Point Cove. Its rocky profile descends to a depth of 30 feet just a short distance from shore.

37   GULLY POINT COVE  - Access: Boat and Shore (a short walk from Marmion Way...no parking, or have hassle-free parking and access by staying at the Seaward Inn)

Gully Point Cove is a minor indentation in the coast line between Gully Point (flanking to the west) and Gap Head (flanking to the east). The cove faces north and boasts depths down to 25 feet at its opening.

38   GAP HEAD - Access: Boat and Shore (a moderate hike from Gap Road off Marmion Way ...no parking)

Gap Head is a very prominent peninsula jutting from the mainland almost 1/4 mile in a northeasterly direction into Sandy Bay. Depths around Gap Head vary from 25 to 30 feet just a short distance from the northeast point.

39   GAP COVE - Access: Boat and Shore (a short hike from Marmion Way...no parking, or have hassle free parking and access by staying at the Seafarer Inn)

Gap Cove is a well protected dive site, with Straitsmouth Island directly offshore and flanking points of land on each end. Depths within the cove are shallow being less than 10 feet throughout.

40    STRAITSMOUTH ISLAND - Access: Boat

Straitsmouth Island stands off from Cape Ann 's east coast at a distance of only 200 yards. The gap between the island and the mainland has frequent watercraft traffic. The island is 3/8 mile long and 1/4 mile wide and boasts a lighthouse at its northeast point. The water depths around Straitsmouth Island are uniformly 15 to 20 feet.

 

41   WHALE COVE - Access: Boat and Shore (a short walk from Marmion Way...no parking)

Whale Cove is a large indentation (1/2 mile long) in the coast south of Straitsmouth Island . Depths offshore are less than 15 feet.

42   FLAT POINT - Access: Boat and Shore (a short walk along a right-of-way from Eden Road ...no parking)

Flat point separates Whale Cove from Paradise Cliffs and challenges Emerson Point (to the south) as the most easterly point on Cape Ann . Flat Point is a sloping expanse of rock which continues underwater, reaching depths of 20 to 30 feet about 100 yards from shore.

43    PARADISE CLIFFS - Access: Boat

Paradise Cliffs is a northeast extension of the west shore of Loblolly Cove . For a distance of 1/4 mile, Paradise Cliffs boasts reasonably shallow water (18 feet) as far offshore as 100 yards.

44   LOBLOLLY COVE - Access: Boat and Shore (hiking various distances to various entry points from Eden Road and Penzance Road...no parking, or have hassle free parking and access by staying at the Eden Pines Inn)

Loblolly Cove is a deep indentation in the shoreline approximately 1/4 mile across at its opening. A small rock island , exposed at low tide, is in the center of the cove. Loblolly Cove is relatively shallow with depths seldom exceeding 10 to 15 feet throughout. Lobstering is excellent in Loblolly Cove.

45   THE WRECK OF THE CHELSEA - Access: Boat

The Chelsea was a coastal oil tanker which sank in the late 1950s. The shipwreck is noted on several National Ocean Survey (NOS) charts which show the Cape Ann area. Exact location of the wreck will require reference to one or more of the aforementioned charts. The Chelsea sits on a rocky plateau in 40 to 50 feet of water approximately 1/2 mile NNE of the northeast tip of Thacher Island . The wreck is somewhat compressed and considerably broken up.

46    THACHER ISLAND (the water around the 'dead light' is called "Flynn's Place") - Access: Boat

Thacher Island (named for a family shipwrecked there in the 1600s) is about 3/4 mile east of Emerson Point. About 1/2 mile long and 1/4 mile wide, Thacher Island boasts two lighthouses. The northern lighthouse is not lit. The water around the island is about 12 feet deep at a distance of 50 yards from shore. The northwest area is very shallow while the opposite coast is more abrupt in its profile.

47   LONDONER - Access: Boat

Londoner, an almost awash rock, is marked by a U.S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" fixed day beacon. It is about 1/2 mile east of Thacher Island . Water in the vicinity of Londoner is 12 to 18 feet deep for a distance of 1/4 mile away.

48   LOBLOLLY POINT - Access: Boat

Loblolly Point is a short stretch of coast (about 200 yards long), slightly indented, on the ocean facing portion of the peninsula which forms the southeast flank of Loblolly Cove. Depths seldom exceed 10 feet up to 50 yards from shore.

49   OAK ROCK - Access: Boat

Oak Rock is an almost awash ledge located 1/2 mile east of Loblolly Point. About 200 yards long and extending in a northwest-to-southeast direction, the underwater hill has its southeast end marked by a U. S. Coast Guard maintained "aid-to-navigation" nun buoy (red...#2). The depth of the water over Oak Rock is less than 6 feet. Just a short distance off the northeast side of the rock the water drops to a depth of 30 to 40 feet. On the opposite (southwest) side the water is shallow, being about 12 to 18 feet deep. There is considerable boat traffic passing Oak Rock…small vessels will experience a bouncy anchorage as a result

50   EMERSON POINT SHORES - Access: Boat

Emerson Point Shores is a broad peninsula and is the eastern most limit of the Cape Ann land mass. Bounded by Loblolly Cove to the north and Lands End to the south, Emerson Point Shores is just under 1/2 mile long with water depths ranging from awash rocks to 18 feet at a distance of 100 yards from shore.

51   LANDS END - Access: Boat

Lands End is the rocky eastern boundary of Pebbly Beach . Extending west from Emerson Point's southerly reaches, Lands End boasts excellent diving with water depths of 12 to 18 feet up to 150 yards offshore.

52   COGSWELL FARM LANDING - Access: Boat

Cogswell Farm Landing is a short stretch of coast (among the rocks) just east of Pebbly Beach . Water depths are modest with 12 to 18 feet being experienced at a distance of 300 yards offshore.

53   MILK ISLAND - Access: Boat

At low tide Milk Island stands off from Lands End 1/2 mile to the southeast. Triangular in shape, Milk Island measures about 1/4 mile on each of its three sides. Depths all around the island's rocky coast are relatively shallow with 12 to 18 feet being experienced in some cases up to a 1/4 mile away. Between the island and the mainland the water is less than 12 feet deep.

54   PEBBLY BEACH - Access: Boat and Shore (after a short hike from Penzance Road off South Street ...no parking)

Pebbly Beach is a 1/2 mile portion of the coast line between Cogswell Farm Landing and Cape Hedge . Relatively shallow, Pebbly Beach offers diving depths to 20 feet about 1/4 mile from shore. Pebbly Beach is a popular site for scuba training sessions.

55    CAPE HEDGE (Eagle Rocks) - Access: Boat

Cape Hedge is a minor peninsula separating Cape Hedge Beach from Long Beach . With a rocky coast less than 300 yards long, Cape Hedge offers shallow diving on its east and south sides with depths of 6 to 12 feet immediately offshore.

56   BRIER NECK - Access: Boat

Brier Neck is a prominent rock feature which forms a boundary between Long Beach to the northeast and Good Harbor Beach to the southwest. It affords diving depths to 6 feet around its northeast portion, and 18 to 30 feet 100 to 200 yards off its southeast portion.

57    SALT ISLAND (" Nan 's Belt") - Access: Boat

Salt Island comes ashore at each low tide. A large rock, 300 yards long and 100 yards wide, Salt Island is 1/4 mile from the coast and boasts shallow-to-no-water (sand) on its mainland side and steep rocky drops to 20 feet off its ocean facing side. Salt Island is an excellent dive site for beginner boat diving scubas, and a very popular lobstering and crabbing spot.

58   SALT ISLAND LEDGE - Access: Boat

Salt Island Ledge is about 1/4 mile east of Salt Island . A sometimes exposed rock, Salt Island Ledge rises from the ocean floor (30-plus feet deep) as a granite mound 250 yards in diameter. On days when there are ocean swells the ledge should be approached cautiously.

59   BASS ROCKS - Access: Boat and Shore (a short hike from Bass Rocks...a circumferencial dirt road off Atlantic Road ...no parking)

Bass Rocks is a very prominent land feature which serves to separate Good Harbor Beach from the 1-1/2 mile long rock expanse of the East Gloucester east coast. The diveable shore of Bass Rocks is a 300 yards long stretch facing east and south with depths to 6 to12 feet just off shore.

60    ATLANTIC ROAD SHORES - Access: Boat and Shore (a short rocky climb from several locations along Atlantic Road ...limited parking, or have hassle-free access and parking as a guest of the Best Western Inn, Atlantis Motor Inn, or the Ocean View Inn)

Atlantic Road Shores is the east coast of East Gloucester , south of Bass Rocks and north of the intersection of the coast road ( Atlantic Road ) with Grapevine Road . This 1-1/2 mile long rocky shore is a spectacular feature of Cape Ann . The underwater profile is quite uniform with depths to 10 to 20 feet 150 yards from shore. It would take a season of diving to cover this longshore site. Lobstering along Atlantic Road Shores is excellent.

 

61   BEMO LEDGE (Rupert's and Daisy's Place) - Access: Boat

Bemo Ledge is the northeast protective flank of Brace Cove. An occassionally awash 1/4 mile long outcropping of rock, Bemo Ledge has offshore depths to 12 feet less than 100 yards out.

62   BRACE COVE - Access: Boat

Brace Cove is a well protected inlet flanked by Bemo Ledge to the northeast and Brace Rock to the southwest. At low tide the mouth of the cove is about 150 yards wide. Depths at the mouth range from 18 to 24 feet with 6 to 12 feet being the average inside the cove.

63   BRACE ROCK - Access: Boat

Brace Rock flanks Brace Cove and boasts excellent ocean-side diving and cove-side diving. Brace Rock is roughly circular, being about 50 to 70 yards in diameter at the waterline. Depths on the ocean side of the rock are moderate, extending down 12 to 18 feet at a distance of 100 yards offshore.

64   EASTERN POINT SHORES - Access: Boat

Eastern Point Shores extends for one mile from Brace Rock to the Eastern Point Lighthouse. Facing southeast, it forms one side of the Eastern Point peninsula. The underwater profile is fairly uniform throughout the length of Eastern Point Shores being rocky and sloping to 30 feet deep about 100 yards from shore. In the vicinity of the lighthouse a ledge extends seaward to the southwest with depths to only 12 to 18 feet for a distance of 1/4 mile.

65   DOG BAR BREAKWATER - Access: Boat

The Dog Bar Breakwater extends for a distance of almost 1/2 mile west-northwest from the Eastern Point Lighthouse, closing off a portion of the entrance to Gloucester Harbor and forming a protected anchorage on the west coast of the Eastern Point peninsula. At a distance of 200 feet offshore from the seaward side, for the full length of the breakwater, the depth varies from 12 feet (at the lighthouse end) to 18 feet (at the outer most tip). The harbor-side bottom is muddy (and rather uninviting)…seaward the bottom is gravelly and nice. The Dog Bar Breakwater is a popular fishing site…scuba divers are advised to be cautious.

66   MAGNOLIA POINT - Access: Boat and Shore from limited roadside parking

Magnolia Point is about one mile down the coast from Norman 's Woe Rock. It's a stub-out piece of coast line, 1/4 mile long, whose rock edge descends to depths of 12 to 18 feet within 100 yards of shore.

67    KETTLE ISLAND - Access: Boat

Kettle Island is 1-1/2 miles down the coast from Norman 's Woe Rock. The island forms a protective barrier at the entrance to Magnolia Harbor . The south coast of the island offers a steep underwater drop-off with depths of 60 feet being reached very close to shore. The in-shore coast offers excellent lobstering and is a fine site for beginner boating scuba divers.

68   SADDLE ROCK - Access: Boat

Saddle Rock is immediate to Goldsmith Point and is about two miles down the coast from Norman 's Woe Rock. At low tide the reason for the rock's name is clear...it's shaped like a saddle. At high tide the rock is just awash. Depths around Saddle Rock vary from stand-up shallows to 20 feet deep, with numerous small caves and overhangs all about its submerged face. West of the rock the bottom slopes up gently along the submerged wall of Goldsmith Point for a distance of 1/4 mile, offering excellent easy diving.

69   EGG ROCK (Northeast) - Access: Boat

Egg Rock is about 2-1/2 miles down the coast from Norman 's Woe Rock. Egg Rock's northeast face is a steep cliff, slightly indented, with a submerged shelf at its base. The shelf (an average of about 15 feet below the surface) falls away to the ocean floor which is 40 to 50 feet below the surface.

70   EGG ROCK (Southwest...site of "Chris' Grotto") - Access: Boat

Egg Rock's southwest face boasts a spectacular sloping shelf at an average depth of 15 feet. The shelf is fairly long, with crevices and gullies leading northwest, and a sheer drop-off to a depth of 45 feet at its southwest end. To seaward, and when the tide's right, one can swim up from below and enter a cave-like overhang that's home to a family of sandpipers.

71   UNITED STATES FRIGATE (U.S.F.) NEW HAMPSHIRE - Access: Boat

The wreckage of the USF New Hampshire lies in water 20 to 25 deep immediately off the southwest coast of Graves Island in Manchester . The site is 2-1/2 miles down the coast from Norman 's Woe Rock and is the first registered underwater National Historic Site in the United States of America . The ship's fastenings (spikes, nails, sheathing, and reinforcing rods) are made of copper and copper alloys, and were supplied by Paul Revere's foundry. These fastenings can still be retrieved by dilligent divers who scour the remains of the wreckage and the ocean floor around the remains. Contrary to what is printed in other guide books, the wreckage of the U. S. F. New Hampshire is not off limits to scuba divers. Neither is the taking of artifacts prohibited. The authors know this because they were involved in getting the site registered in 1976. It's the site that's registered, not the wreckage.

72   BOOHOO LEDGE - Access: Boat

Boohoo Ledge, at a distance of 2-1/2 miles southwest of Norman ’s Woe, is a twin-peaked granite mount which is nearly awash at very low tide. Boohoo Ledge is 200 yards long and is oriented in a north-south direction. Depths around the ledge reach 60 feet.

73   PADDOCK ROCK - Access: Boat

Paddock Rock is about 2-1/2 miles southwest of Norman ’s Woe Rock. Paddock Rock is less than 100 yards across. At mean low water the top of the rock is 15 feet below the surface. Depths all around the rock range to 60 feet. Paddock Rock boasts a spectacular canyon on its west side which leads to the ocean floor.