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Scituate Reservoir (RI) History Diving

Discussion in 'New England' started by Dookchute, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Dookchute

    Dookchute Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: South Kingstown, RI
    Recently, I was speaking with a local resident of Scituate, Rhode Island and was enthralled about his stories of a ‘sunken church,’ within the Scituate reservoir. For those unfamiliar with the area, like myself, let me first advise that you CANNOT dive in the reservoir (blast!) because it’s public drinking water that supplies the City of Providence. If you dive, you’ll be subject to arrest. Don’t do it!

    However, I am intrigued by the notion there are several sunken villages, full of condemned buildings in the current reservoir. According to the local resident I was speaking with, during times of little rainfall, you can apparently still see the top of a church steeple somewhere in the reservoir!? Can anybody confirm if this is legitimate? Has anyone actually legitimately dove the reservoir for whatever reason—PSD dive or perhaps a survey?? I would love to know more! I’m a bit of a history but and would love to speak with anyone who knows more! —Thanks!

    Submerged but not forgotten: The Lost Villages of Scituate (News article confirming sunken villages)
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  2. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I've known about that for along time, it's not that uncommon. I've never seen the church steeple but I guess if the water got low enough it could happen.

    There's a lake in NY Lows Lake Bog River Flow that allegedly has an old town below it's surface. Diving is allowed there but it's a 6-7 mile trip up river by non- motorized watercraft canoe, yak, good luck. I snorkeled there as most of the bottom is 10FFW but haven't seen anything but big old stumps and large mouth bass.
  3. Resqdivemedic

    Resqdivemedic Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: chepachet, RI USA
    Years ago WJAR news did a story about the sunken villages and had some underwater footage. I remember seeing nothing but foundations, no structures.
  4. swimlikethefish

    swimlikethefish Divemaster

    Candlewood lake in southwest CT has a village. You are allowed to dive there. Although in recent years visibility has been bad. So I haven't been there since 2009. There are roads, street signs, houses, old farmers walls, I believe a church too.
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  5. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    That is an understatement. Dove there 2 years ago - 3 foot viz at best - almost ran into the back of a foundation on a DPV - did not see it until it was about 2.5 feet from my unit... Dont bother not a lot to see... although it is shallow depths.
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  6. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    So this is in NJ - Round Valley Reservoir - and much better viz...
    If you dive Dutch Springs - this is more than likely just as close. I shot this video.

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