USS Moonstone

Bart Malone

Champion shipwreck key tag bartMay 7, 2014 at 7 pm Dinner : 8pm Presentation

at Barnaby’s in West Chester

Bart Malone is a Curator at the New Jersey Maritime Museum. He will give a presentation on the USS Moonstone. Also ask him about his extensive collection of artifacts!
   USS Moonstone (PYc-9) was a coastal patrol yacht in the service of the United States Navy. She was built in 1929 as Nancy Baker by Germaniawerft in Kiel, Germany, later renamed Mona, and subsequently acquired by the Navy as the Lone Star on 10 February 1941. Renamed Moonstone and designated PYc-9, she was converted for Navy service in Jacksonville, Florida, and commissioned on 10 April 1941. She was named for the gemstone moonstone.On 2 May 1941 Moonstone sailed for patrol duty with the Panamanian Sea Frontier. She later sailed to Ecuador on 2 January 1943 to aid in training that country’s navy. In March 1943 she sailed to Charleston, South Carolina to prepare for permanent transfer to Ecuador. On her return at Balboa, Panama in July 1943, cracks were discovered in the cylinder blocks of her engine, and she was sent north for repairs. On 16 October 1943, off the mouth of Indian RiverDelaware Capes, she collided with USS Greer and sank immediately. All but one of Moonstone’s complement survived. She was struck from the Naval Register on 26 October 1943.

Her wreck lies 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Cape May, New Jersey, in 130 feet (40 m) of water.



Tigers, Bulls, and Whites – oh my!

with David & Becky Kagan Schott

April 3, 2013 at 7 pm

Join us and learn about some of the most feared and fascinating creatures in the ocean, sharks. Becky has been documenting Whale Sharks, Great Whites and dozens of other species in Mexico and the Caribbean. Recent inductee into WDHOF (Woman Divers Hall of Fame), Becky Kagan Schott, along with husband, David Schott, will wow you with their U/W adventures! Name it, they’ve done it AND, to be sure, they’ve FILMED it!!

Becky Kagan Schott is half of the Emmy Award winning videographer team that owns Liquid Productions, LLC. She and husband, David Schott, specialize in underwater videography, still photography and High Definition 3D video in any aquatic environment including caves, deep wrecks and marine wild life. Their projects have taken them all over the world from documenting historic wrecks in the Great Lakes, Japan and Truk Lagoon to filming wild dolphins, whales and great white sharks…cageless! They are always working on some adventurously exciting topside or underwater documentary project.

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Join us at Barnaby’s of West Chester on the second floor. The meeting begins at 7pm and the speaker begins at 8pm. All are welcome, members and non-members. If you like what you see please support the dive club by joining, dues are only $25/year same as they have always been!

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The monthly meetings bring some of the finest speakers in the diving community to present exciting audio-visual presentations to the dive club. Presentation topics range from Northeast Wreck diving to Caribbean & Pacific travel diving. Past speakers have brought a wide background of experience to us from underwater filmmakers & photographers, authors, diving industry professions, scientists, and avid divers from around the world!

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