Early the following morning I continued my flights to Truck Lagoon. My first choice of lodging was the SS Thorfinn, a classy, gorgeous, 190-foot long, 1954 Norwegian Antarctic whaler converted to scuba diving live-aboard. Within a few minutes of arriving in country, I booked three nights on the ship. A driver took me from the airport to the Blue Lagoon Resort. A high-speed, heavy-duty tender with twin 150 horse Yamaha outboards took me to the Thorfinn anchored in calm waters. It was love at first sight. The graceful lines of the massive high bow, ready to take the biggest waves of ocean storms, were maritime industrial art. Captain Lance and his crew warmly welcomed me onboard.
The next couple of days were diving heaven. The shipwrecks and airplane wrecks of World War II were in abundance all around us. Captain Lance, a legendary character across the oceans of the world, gave us a thorough and delightful briefing before each dive, with sketches on the big television screen. The wreck diving exceeded all my expectations. I was completely satisfied and continually amazed. I will treasure these dives for the rest of my life.