The remains of the MV Gulf Stream have further deteriorated over the last few years. The stern and bow areas have crumbled, leaving just the middle as a noticeable vessel.
The former steam yacht, converted to a diesel passenger ferry, struck Dinner Island in October 1947. She ran aground and tipped over 45 degrees, killing five passegners. The wreck slipped further down the pinnacle and now rests in 150-110 feet of water.
The wreck is deep and dark with almost no light making it to the watery graveyard. There’s little to see but structural remains, however a large cloud sponge still hangs midship while a handful of rockfish scatter around like the local neighbourhood watch association.
It is an interesting dive and a look back into British Columbia’s maritime history.
Dinner Island itself offers some great diving. High currents that whip through the submerged boulders have created beautiful vistas made of orange and white plumose anemones. Just not on this day, this day the visibility was reduced in the shallows to a foggy cloud.
Big Animal Encounters offer diving to both the SS Capilano and the MV Gulf Stream.