The Ashkhabad was a Russian freighter traveling from NY to Cuba running a zig-zag pattern to evade torpedo sightings and was struck on the starboard side by the U-402 on April 29, 1942. The wreck of the Ashkhabad lies broken up in about 60 feet of water on the tip of Cape Lookout Shoals and is an excellent site for aquatic life. During the summer, the water temperature ranges from the upper 70's to the low 80's. Sheepshead, triggerfish, sea bass and spadefish frequent this wreck. Because it is close to the shoals, visibility averages 30 feet but can get up to 50+ feet. This site is visited on our Full Day Dive Trip.