Diving the Hogan Wreck

USS Hogan wreck

USS Hogan was a Wickes-class destroyer commissioned in 1919. During WWII, she served as a minesweeper and coastal convoy ship. In November of 1945, she was used as a target ship for firing tests and sank.

Located south of the Point Loma peninsula on the US-Mexican border, the Hogan wreck rests just far enough from the San Diego dive boats to make it a real treat to dive. The Hogan wreck is covered in fish, most notably lingcod, and is home to a number of wolf eels. Coming up the anchor line after your dive, you might get a visit from a sea lion, if you're lucky, and because the site is subject to open ocean currents, pelagic species like jellyfish sometimes grace the wreck.

Originally 314 feet long, the ship now rests in about 125 feet of water in a number of pieces. Her bow section rests on its starboard side and her stern sits upright. Most of the structure is collapsed; you can expect a consistent 125-foot dive forward of the stern section, which has the most relief of the whole site.

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Bow of the Hogan on its starboard side

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Another view of the bow

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Part of the hull

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A turbine

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Schools of fish swarming on the wreck

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Looking under a boiler

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Looking under the same boiler

View from beneath a boiler of the USS Hogan wreck

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Doorway into the galley

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Inside the galley of USS Hogan wreck, San Diego

Inside the galley

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Miscellaneous wreckage

Diver on USS Hogan Wreck, San Diego

Divers and jellyfish on USS Hogan wreck, San Diego

Black sea nettle jellyfish (also featured as Photo of the Week)

Jellyfish on USS Hogan Wreck, San Diego

Jellyfish on USS Hogan Wreck, San Diego

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Another boiler?

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Miscellaneous wreckage

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Miscellaneous wreckage

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Wolf eel on the wreck

Wolf eel on USS Hogan wreck, San Diego

Wolf eel in a boiler (also featured as Photo of the Week)

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Cabezon on the wreck

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Lingcod on the wreck

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View of the prop guards on the stern section

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Another view of the stern section

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Under the prop guards on the stern

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Stern section of the wreck

DIver on the Stern of the Hogan Wreck

Diver on USS Hogan Wreck, San Diego

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Sea lion diving beneath the boat

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Sea lion diving beneath the boat

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Sea lion diving beneath the boat


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