Dive Site: Deep Pete

The whole tail diving Deep Pete at Scuba Ventures Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Aircraft Wreck
Depth: Top: 35MMedian: 36MBottom: 40M
Location: To the west of Nusa Island

Description

The name Pete was the Allied nickname given to these Mitsubishi F1M Float Planes, and the name Deep Pete is given to this one as it sits on the sand at 40m.

The plane was designed to be launched from an aircraft carrier and land on water. It had one large float below the fuselage, but was not particularly stable, and tended to porpoise.

Back of the fuselage diving Deep Pete at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Laid on its back with the heaviest part – engine and propeller planted firmly in the sand.

Front section diving Deep Pete at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Deep Pete’s tail has been snapped off cleanly – though it’s not clear when this happened.

Tail section diving Deep Pete at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

The Pete was mainly used for reconnaissance, though some variants were also able to drop bombs. It was a relatively large and ungainly plane.

Dorian at the prop diving Deep Pete at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

When diving on an incoming tide, the visibility is usually good enough to see the whole plane in view from above as you descend the shot line.

Front section diving Deep Pete at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Sometimes the plane is completely obscured by shoals of snapper or sweetlips.

Wing with strut diving Deep Pete at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit