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Halo Wreck Site

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Captain Paul, do you happen to know the location of the shipwreck Halo in the GI 114 block. It was sunk by submarine in 1942 and was not discovered until 2000 by C&C Technologies in a pipeline survey for Pogo producing company. brent@coastalengsolutions.com
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My information is that the site of the Halo wreck is located at or about

28.700239 ° N. Latitude ~ 90.133403°W. Longitude. (DDD.ddddd)

28 42.0143 N ~ 90 08.0042 W (DDD,MM.mmm)
NOAA Chart 113557 shows a shipwreck at that location in about 30 fathoms of water. The chart also shows a fish haven near by as described in some of the blow listed web sites.

http://www.thiswaytothe.net/tides/centralgulfwrecks.shtml

http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/blog/teslaproject/wreck-sites/world-war-ii/

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsd/wrecks_and_obstructions.html

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsd/wrecks_and_obstructions.html

http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/protect/ppw/pdfs/halo.pdf

http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2014/BSEE-Participates-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-Shipwreck-Study/
Hope this helps.
Captain Paul
THE HALO WRECK IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Confused Snapper Fisherman ~

According to George Mason University @ http://mbac.gmu.edu/mbac_wp/gulf_wrecks/halo-1942/

“Halo is a steam tanker built in 1920 and owned by the Cities Service Oil Company. With a keel length of 436 feet and beam of nearly 56 feet, the 6,986-ton tanker carried a cargo of 63,000 barrels of crude oil on her final voyage from Galveston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. In the early hours of May 20, 1942 approximately 50 miles from the Mississippi River’s Southwest Pass, U-506 attacked the unarmed Halo, firing two torpedoes into her starboard side. The first torpedo struck near the bridge while the second struck just aft of the bridge. As the tanker exploded and began to sink, the crew scrambled to escape the flames. Only one life raft was successfully launched. Out of 42 men on board Halo, only 23 escaped the vessel before she sank. In the hours after the attack, oil burned on the water and survivors clung to whatever debris floated to the surface. Five days later, the Mexican steamship, Oaxaca, rescued two survivors – one who later died at the hospital – and a third man who had recently perished. Two days after that, the British tanker, SS Orina, rescued two more men from a life raft. The other 18 men who entered the water died at sea.
Halo remained undiscovered for nearly 60 years until 2000, when a deep-tow hazard survey performed by C&C Technologies for Pogo Producing Company discovered the shipwreck in the Grand Isle leasing area near Pogo’s proposed pipeline route. Lying in more than 450 feet of water, the shipwreck was identified by C&C marine archaeologist Rob Church as the remains of Halo.
During the 2004 Deep Wrecks project, a study partly funded by BOEM (then MMS), Halo was one of several shipwrecks investigated by archaeologists using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The purpose of the study was to examine the artificial reef effect of shipwrecks and learn more about shipwreck degradation and metal corrosion processes. ROV video footage and rusticle, biological, and sediment samples were collected. Several species of corals, invertebrates, crustaceans, and other fauna were observed on and near the wreck. Biological experiments and bio-battery coupons were placed on site to measure microbial concretion and biofilm formation and the electrical potentials (voltages) of in situ metals. The study found that Halo was “dominated by concretious growths over most of the hull and so the major iron losses…would be dependent upon the rates at which iron moves out through the concretions into the oceanic environment. Some rusticle activity was evident on Halo and this may mean increases in the rate of iron loss from the steel.” (Church et al 2007:206)
Researchers concluded, “From this investigation, the primary observations are that all the ships (investigated during the study) have become heavily infested with attached biological activity that varies from ship to ship. Depth may be a factor since the ships sit along a transect line from 87 meters to 1,964 meters. Depth cannot be the only influencing factor since the ships also sit within influence of the Mississippi River’s discharges. Clearly…Halo, being closer to these discharges already exhibit(s) the effects of the more eutrophic environment causing thicker attached growths and a greater density of fish populations.” (Church et al 2007:207).'
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My information is that the site of the Halo wreck is located at or about
28.700239 ° N. Latitude ~ 90.133403°W. Longitude. I believe that it is in about 500 feet of water and at certain times there is an abundance of fish around the wreck.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as Decimal Degrees (DDD.dddddd) and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All bearings and courses are stated in Magnetic degrees.

~ Captain Paul ~
Re: Halo Wreck Site
Hey Captain Paul, the info you gave me is from the NOAA Charts, which is incorrect. This is the ST 130 block in about 150' of water. For some reason, when they made the discovery of the exact location, they did not correct the charts, nor did they publish the location information. I sent a message to Robert Church and he said they have a non disclosure agreement with MMS to not release the information. I done so much research on this and have come up empty on the location, other than it is in about 470' of water in the GI 114 block.
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Re: Halo Wreck Site
My information is that the site of the Halo wreck is located at or about

28.700239 ° N. Latitude ~ 90.133403°W. Longitude. (DDD.ddddd)

28 42.0143 N ~ 90 08.0042 W (DDD,MM.mmm)

NOAA Chart 113557 shows a shipwreck at that location in about 30 fathoms of water. The chart also shows a fish haven near by as described in some of the blow listed web sites.
It is in ST 130.

http://www.thiswaytothe.net/tides/centralgulfwrecks.shtml

http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/blog/teslaproject/wreck-sites/world-war-ii/

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsd/wrecks_and_obstructions.html

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsd/wrecks_and_obstructions.html

http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/protect/ppw/pdfs/halo.pdf

http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/BSEE-News-Briefs/2014/BSEE-Participates-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-Shipwreck-Study/

Hpoe this Helps,
Captain Paul
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