May 3

May 3

Exploring the Anscomb’s wreck

Salmo’s Cliff Gold, owner of West Kootenay Scuba, stands in front of the wreck of the MV Anscomb late last month. The old Kootenay Lake ferry sank at Woodbury in early 2004.

Salmo’s Cliff Gold, owner of West Kootenay Scuba, stands in front of the wreck of the MV Anscomb late last month. The old Kootenay Lake ferry sank at Woodbury in early 2004.

According to fellow diver Rob Wyatt, who took this photo, most of the wreck sits in about 180 feet (55 m) of water, although the wheelhouse is at about 95 feet (29 m) and you can look in the windows at 107 feet (33 m). Gold went down to 130 feet (39 m), the maximum recreation limit, while Wyatt stayed at about 120 feet (37 m) shooting pictures and a video, which you can see here.

The water in Kootenay Lake is at its annual low, making the Anscomb accessible for short recreational dives.