The location of the Dix remained a mystery for half a decade before Rockfish Inc. made their breakthrough. The team responsible for discovering the SS Pacific used the wreck referred to as “The Schooner” to test ROVs and sonar equipment dozens of times. The team endearingly renamed it the “Nix”, which stands for “Not Dix”.
The Rockfish team realized that prior groups had looked at the image the wrong way. When taken at first glance, it appeared that none of the major features on the wreck lined up with the Dix. When flipped, all of them do.
For six years Rockfish visited the site. Every time they returned they revealed more about the site and captured better images. Such is still true today. And while their conviction that they were looking at was the Dix grew to utter certainty years ago, they made the decision to keep the location a secret until they felt the site could be protected. With Northwest Shipwreck Alliance growing steadily, that time is now.