On a vacation to Miami, a couple decides to wreck dive the “Tortugas.” Coincidentally, they find a dive mask called Tortuga, and another model with tinted lenses. They also see a torch called the T110, also made by IST.
My wife and I were on vacation in Miami visiting a friend, and heard about a wreck dive destination called “the Tortugas.”
The presence of a shipwreck in deep waters off the Dry Tortugas, a group of islands located at the westernmost point of the Florida Keys, first gained attention in 1965 when the shrimp trawler Trade Winds snagged in its nets various metal artifacts, pieces of ship’s rigging and an ornately carved railing. Also ensnared were three large intact pottery amphorae later identified as colonial-era Spanish olive jars used for the storage and shipment of various goods.
At the time, the depth of the water made exploration of the site impractical. Located over 1,300 feet (405 meters) below the ocean surface, the “Tortugas” wreck was later discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration co-founders and deep-ocean shipwreck exploration pioneers, Greg Stemm and John Morris.
Historically, the “Tortugas” excavation was the world’s first deep-ocean remotely-operated archaeological excavation of a shipwreck site. Nearly 17,000 artifacts, including some as small as seeds and pearls, were recovered from the site during the 1990-1991 excavation seasons. Research suggests the “Tortugas” wreck is likely the remains of the 117-ton Buen Jesus Nuestra Senor de Rosario, one of the vessels sailing with the 1622 Tierra Firme treasure fleet bound for Spain loaded with the wealth of the New World.
Before we went, we needed to purchase the right dive mask. Unbelievably enough, we found one called the Tortuga traditional single lens dive mask in rubber and silicone, and another mask called the Panorama metal aluminum scuba dive mask with tinted lenses. We opted for the Tortuga since after all, that was where we were diving. Also, the Tortuga is a classic mask, just like Lloyd Bridges wore in Sea Hunt.
While we were inside the Tortuga, don’t ask me where exactly it was, there was around 100 ft or so away from us a light going on. If it had been just a light we wouldn’t be so shocked. But this light was so extremely bright that we almost freaked out. We have never seen such a light before. As the light came close to us we saw what was behind it: A regular diver like us.
We were trying to communicate to him and he showed us the brand that was labeled on the light and he fingered us the model. Coincidentally enough, it turned out to be a T110 Primary Canister Torch made by the same company that makes the Tortuga, and also Panorama masks, IST Sports.
The Dolphin Tech T110 660 Lumens canister light generates a super-bright light beam well-suited for advanced or night diving, wreck diving and even the darkest cave exploration. We later found out that in ScubaLab testing, its three LEDs produced a highly- intense 12-inch diameter hotspot, thereby matching the brightest light they had ever tested
Later that day we came up with what went through our minds when we saw this blaze. From Out-of-Space aliens to the ship is alive we thought of everything. We laughed a lot after that, and wondered whether we should have bought the Panorama mask with tinted lenses. It might have blocked some of the intensity of the T110 Torch’s beam.