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Shipwrecks in the Local Area



  Lat 26 13.857 Lon 80 04.027 Located 1-1/2 miles due east of the Pompano Pier on the outside edge of the third reef.  A 85-foot schooner was sank in 78 feet of water on March,25 1989. 



 Lat 26 18.110 Lon 80 03.700 Location: Almost a mile offshore inside the third reef line. The former Coast Guard Cutter Nemesis served as a sub chaser during WW II; she was launched in 1934 from Point Pleasant, Virginia. The 337 ton, rivet steel ship was permanently stationed in St. Petersburg, where she served and protected Florida. Although not the fastest ship in the fleet, she was perfectly designed for search and rescue missions in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. The constant battering of hurricanes kept the Nemesis busy picking up survivors from disabled and weather-beaten ships and towing stricken vessels to safety. From 1934 to 1942, she saved hundreds of lives as well as millions of dollars worth of property. During world War II, the Nemesis was used for an entirely different purpose. As 1942 rolled in, German U-boats were putting tremendous pressure on commercial shipping off the coast of U.S. These warships target oil tankers making their way from Texas and South America. The cutter was used for hunting down Nazi subs, and prove very good at it. After the war, she was again stationed in St. Petersburg, until her decommissioning in 1964. In 1979, a local business bought the vessel and converted into a floating restaurant and bar. The owner ran into financial problems and sold the vessel.

The new owner rename the ship/restaurant as the Ancient Mariner and were scheduled to reopen in 1981. This is when the story turns bizarre. Just before the reopening in 1981, she capsized and sank at the dock, for no apparent reason. It took more then $85,000 to re-float and renovate the water damaged restaurant. Once again open, the Ancient Mariner became popular eatery in the Fort Lauderdale area. In 1986, however, an event still remembered by locals sealed the ship's fate. More than 100 customers and restaurant employees contracted hepatitis A from an infected salad maker employed at the restaurant. This was the largest outbreak of hepatitis A in Florida history. The running joke among divers is to not eat any fish caught on the wreck just in case some of the virus is still around. She was sunk as an artificial reef in June 9, 1991 as part of the Broward Reef program. The 165-foot Cutter rest in 70 feet of water. A steel-hulled work boat named the C-Note sits 60 feet West of her bow.

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Lat 26 09.040 Lon 80 03.690 Formerly known  as A.L. Spencer a tugboat sunk at August 15 of 1987 at depth 0f 70' feet. It has length of 65' feet with beam 16.5' feet. Excellent wreck to be done to test your navigation skills after done the Ancient Mariner. Some divers Have been have luck with lobsters in this wreck. 

Also if you are a Navyseal diver in underwater navigation you can go for all other two more wrecks around  C-NOTE WRECK and CHUCK-A-LUCK II .



Lat 26 09.528 Lon 80 04.760 A 211-foot Freighter was sank in 265 feet of water on July,18 1986. 




Located approximately one mile offshore,  in line with Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, sitting in 82 feet of water in between the fingers of Boca reef, this simple engine Cessna 210 measuring about 25 feet crashed around 1978 after been chased by police for drug smuggle. With the impact the engine broke apart and now it sits 600 feet away from the airplane wreckage. The wreck is sitting upside down with the wings touching the sand. It is a small wreck, but excellent dive with schools of Atlantic spadefish circling the wreck; lobsters are frequent seen under it. The picture below was taken in April 16, 2000 by Pavan from Dixie Divers of Deerfield Beach.

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Located just slight south of Boca Inlet  sitting on sand about 62 feet deep. Good concentration of fish, I was amazed that small wreck can attract so much live around. The wreck look like a giant lobster trap about 25 feet across and 8 high. I have no further information about this wreck If any body has more let me know. Special thanks to Captain Rob McBrayer of Lady Go Diver for found this wreck and let me know and trop me to take some pictures.



Lat 26 28.70Lon 80.02.31 Location: 4-1/2 miles south of Boynton Inlet. One Nautical mile offshore With the financial help of Budweiser, this 167- foot coastal freighter was placed down in July 1987 as part of the Palm Beach Artificial Reef Program. It rests in 87 feet of water. The deck is 70 feet under and has a large open section that can be easily entered. Davitis, funnels and the propeller were left intact. This is an excellent dive. 

Pavan Bud Bar



     Lat 26 12.502 Lon 80 03.663 A 188-foot Freighter was sank in 240 feet of water on November,12 1985.




 Lat 26 13.857 Lon 80 03.960 Location: Just south of the Jay Dorman Artificial Reef. 1 1/2 mile from shore, just outside the third reef line. The 175-foot Coast Guard buoy tender Hollyhock was sunk in February, 20 1990 in memory of Capt DAN GARNSEY, a long time Broward County resident and owner of the drift fishing boat Helen S. Garnsey died in the year Captain Dan was placed on the bottom. This ship spend most of her 53 years career as the Coast Guard buoy tender Hollyhock. The sinking was delayed for more than a month because, ironically, the high seas caused by January storms were too rough to sink a ship. 

The wreck still completely but it is inundated with more than eight years growth. This growth was accelerate by the almost constant current that flows around it. The former U.S. Coast Guard vessel and treasure hunter has rapidly developed into an underwater treasure of its own. 

The wreck emerges into view as divers descend just a few feet from the surface. Visibility at the site averages 50 to 75 feet, although there are days when it is so good the entire wreck can be distinguished at one glance. Captain Dan has been prepared with large access holes between the forepeak, cargo hold and engine room, providing certified wreck divers easy opportunity for penetration. It is definitely a jewel of Florida's ''Wreck Alley''. She lies upright in 110 feet of water in the rodeo reef site. This intact wreck is a great dive. Her wheelhouse is 70 feet below the surface.
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The Captain Tony a.k.a. M/V Becks was sunk on October 22, 1996 in 85 feet of water where she sits upright with her bow to the South.
Originally named the M/V Becks, this 167 foot long Dutch freighter was renamed the Captain Tony in memory of Captain Tony Townsend a local dive charter captain.



Lat 26 14.056 Lon 80 03.666 A 170-foot Freighter was sank in 156 feet of water on May,12 1995. 



Lat 26 12.349 Lon 80 05.108 Location: About 1/2 mile due east of the large blue water tower on Pompano. Scattered wreckage lies between Pompano Ledge buoys # 3& 4. The 325-foot single screw steamer Copenhagen was built in 1898 just two years before she ran aground on the rock ledge out from Pompano. She was caring a cargo of coal to Havana at the time of mishap. This is one of Florida's favorite historical shipwreck dives. On May 20 1900, the vessel had departed Philadelphia, laden with almost 5,000 tons of coal and a crew of 26, bound for Havana, Cuba. As the vessel passed the lighthouse, Captain William Jones estimated the ship's position as about one and three- quarter miles offshore and ordered a change in course to SSE to keep the ship at least a mile and a half offshore as it past by West Palm Beach. At around 4:20 am, Captain Jones retired, leaving the chief officer in charge. He left instructions the keep the vessel one and half mile offshore. There was no indication of what was about to happen to the steamship. The steamer SS Copenhagen was built in Sunderland, England, and launched in February 1898. The steel hulled ship was 324 feet long, 47 feet wide and more than 25 feet deep. Like many of the ship built in the late 1800s, the vessel was built with an inner and outer hull. At around 9:00 am on May 26, the vessel suddenly crashed hard into the Pompano Drop-off, an eastern facing ledge that rises to 15 feet of the surface from a sandy bottom in 31 feet. The ship's engines were immediately ordered stopped. 
Captain Jones ordered full reverse. The engines kicked into reverse but the ship didn't move. In the attempt to free the vessel, a large anchor was deployed to no avail. Two days later, a salvage ship showed up to help unload the cargo and to try to pull the Copenhagen from its predicament. Extra people from shore were employed to speed up the recovery of the coal. The loss of the ship was valued at $250,000 and the remaining cargo was valued at $12,500. Jones was found to be at fault for the incident. Examiners found that he did not employ proper navigation; and that he did not used his sounding lead. A sounding lead is a device that ships used to determine the depth of the water. Because of his willingness to cooperate during the investigation and his excellent work record, his master certificate wasn't revoked. The wreck of the Copenhagen was visible above the water for more than 40 years. The site was used for target practice by navy fighters stationed nearby. In June 1994, the site was named as Florida's fifth underwater archaeological preserve. A plaque commemorating this distinction is next to a large limestone boulder just to the south of the wreck. Even though the site is ideal for the novice diver, many experienced divers have had a wonderful time exploring the Copenhagen. 

DIVE TRIP      Pavan @ Copenhagen Wreck


A 188-foot Army Dredge was sank in 268 feet of water on May,18 1986. 


Lat 26 05.479 Lon 80 03.946 One of the artificial reefs in Fort Lauderdale is the venerable old DC-3 airplane. The aircraft, known as "Marriott Reef", begin sliding below the surface tail-first. 




Beach Dive Location: 150 yards off the south end of Delray’s Public Beach. This steel-hulled freighter, sunk in the 1920’s, has become a very popular diving location that is excellent for the beginner. Many varieties of soft and hard corals have taken over the remains, which are now in three distinct parts. The parts can be located by sighting the dark shadows on the white sand bottom. Depths to the sand are 22 feet. Marco photography is excellent. This is a first class beach dive. Recent beach re-nourishment projects have raised the sand level around the area: however every time there is a strong easterly blow the wreckage reappears. Boat traffic is heavy, especially on the weekends. Be sure to fly your dive flag. 


Lat 26 00.539 Lon 80 05.568  A tug boat sitting up right at 70 feet and the tip is 50 feet, it  is in good condition and have some penetration. This wreck is close to other wrecks that was sunk as part of Broward County Artificial Reef Program. Other Wrecks close by are Capt. Dede a concrete ragboat and the Emma Boggs an LCM vessel both within swimming distance. Also is shipwreck call Curry Barge a litle bit away about 280 yards NE of the Emma Boggs  with good navigation skills and breathing Nitrox is possible to see all.



Lat 26 24.3683 Lon 80 03.2847 A small tug boat about 50 feet long sitting on sand bottom at 38 feet . It has good growth of soft coral and sponges and is frequently seem a large Jewfish inside of wreck. Also a lot tropical fishes and schools of Atlantic Spadefish  swimming around the wreck. Very good for photography because is shallow and plenty of light and marine live.



 Lat 26 12.647 Lon 80 03.944 A 175-foot Freighter was sank in 145 feet of water on May,18 1997. This is definitely an advanced dive. 

Visitors will be treated to a viewing of Guy Harvey's paintings of shark and others game fish on the side of the wreck. Although it's only been down since may 97, Barracudas hogfish and some nice size lobster have claimed it as their home. 



 Lat 26 08.81 Lon 80 05.00 Location: Approximately one mile offshore. The 70-foot steel houseboat rests in 87 feet of water in a patch reef area. She has been down since 1987. A large number of sea creatures inhabit the wreckage.


Lat 26 09.102 Lon 80 04.786 Located approximately one mile offshore. In September 1996, a 180-foot barge flipped upside down while being deployed as an artificial reef. She rests in 65 feet of water. Just to her south are 1,200 feet of dredge pipe and concrete bridge beams placed in 1988. Thirty feet north are the remains of the Pacific Reef Lighthouse, and a small sail boat. Two hundred feet NNE rests the 120-foot barge Wayne in 70 feet of water. 



Lat 26 19.500 Lon 80 03.043 On December 7, 1987, a ship of huge proportions sank in a storm just one mile east of the Boca Raton Inlet. The ship was being towed to Brownsville, Texas where it was to be salvaged. Instead it sank on our door step and was discovered one month later by Captain David Turbeville. Today the Hydro Atlantic is considered to be one of the 10 best dives in the United States. Lying in 172 feet of water, the 320 foot long freighter is a real ship wreck, not a diver prepared, artificial reef wreck. A huge crane stands mid ship, with one of the ship's main anchors at its base. The winch is still on the bow and the engine is still in the engine room. This is a real wreck! Her deck is still crowded with equipment. Pipes that traverses the old hull from one pump to another. Cranes and giant winches still laden with cables. 

Barely recognizable, they are all covered with a thick blanket of coral, sponge and soft corals, like those in the picture above. Thousand of tropical fish dart in and out of every pipe and porthole seeking shelter from predators, while barracuda and shark lurk in the distant shadows. Rope, cable and fishing line cover almost every inch of the wreck. Years of strong currents, the effects of saltwater erosion and the immense growth of corals have all taken their toll on the ship's structure.

Picture above is ones of superstructure of Hydro that rises up to depth of 98 feet. Some walls of the superstructure have collapsed and the hull has started to crush under the weight of its deck and machinery providing new access to inner passages. As a true wreck, equipment intact, with such of abundance of growth and so many opportunity for penetration, the Hydro Atlantics is one the best wrecks in Florida and is a must for the serious wreck diver.

Hydro Atlantic by Pavan

 Tour the deck at 145 feet and enjoy the forest of soft coral that decorates the wreck. Perch on the bow with clouds of bait fish. Dive the Hydro Atlantic once and you will leave wanting to return again and again. This is one of best wreck dive in the country. Hydro Atlantic Blue Print.



Lat 26 13.857 Lon 80 04.027 Located 1-1/2 miles directly offshore from the Pompano Pier ( just north of Atlantic Blvd.). The 130-foot luxury schooner Panda was sunk in May 1987 as an artificial reef memorial for Jay Dorman. 


The beautiful sailing ship rests in 78 feet of water on her port side. The vessel was formerly owned by the Emperor of Vietnam and later used as a charter craft for Windjammer Cruises before fire damage in 1984. The schooner Alpha lies only 50 feet north. 



Lat 26 09.520 Lon 80 04.760 Location. Four miles north of the Port Everglades. This is an excellent wreck site in only 70 feet of water. The 100-foot harbor tugboat sits between two sleek sailing hulls. . The 45-foot Moonshot lies parallel to the Pride. A 40-foot yacht. the B.H. Lake, is 130 feet northeast of the Jay Scutti.



Lat 26 09.520 Lon 80 04.760 Location. Four miles north of the Port Everglades Cut; just outside the third reef line. In September 1987, the Broward County Artificial Reef Program sank the 240-foot Dutch freighter Poinciana, built in 1961 on her port side in 110 feet of water.  The name was changed to Jim Atria, after Jim Atria who is a Broward County developer, diver and sport fisherman. Atria played a major role in having the ship sunk, his way of thanking the community that had been so good to him over the years. On right side is picture of Jim Atria at Dry Dock in Hoboken, NJ in 1964. Also in the photo is Evert Seuter (Red) a Gentleman that worked in the early 1960's at ship for two years and in April 2004 he came down to dive the Atria with us. Please notice her 2 masts and the Empire State building in the background.  In 1992, Hurricane Andrew moved the ship more than 1/4 mile offshore and sitting upright to a depth of 132 feet.   Her 2 masts are intact,  rise to 70 feet, the highest point of the wreck and are covered by various corals and sea fans, providing great photo opportunities when ascending from the main deck. Other beautiful spots for memorable shots are the corner of the main deck as it meets the wheelhouse on the starboard side which, in itself is covered with staggering growth, and several open hatches adorned with tremendous growth.  Wreck divers are invited to explore the inside of several openings at the wheelhouse at 95 feet.  For the naturalist, Black Groupers, and Hogfish can be found under the hull at the sand, Glassy Sweepers and Squirrelfish in the cargo hold, thousands of Snappers and Grunts hiding in nooks, schools of Barracuda hovering as you descend and Amberjacks speeding through thousands of swimming baitfish above.  Seventeen  years of growth has made for a beautiful site, teeming with sea life, a favorite among local divers, standing out as one of the best.



Lat 26 13.202 Lon 80 03.640 A 420-foot Freighter was sank in 210 feet of water on March,31 1984. It was sank as an artificial reef, most of its superstructure has been dismantled or cut away. Fished hard for many years, thousands of yards of monofilament cover almost every inch of the wreckage. Extreme caution and a good set of cuttig tools are a requirement for this dive. 

The Gulf Stream currents continuously  flush this wreck ,  where even at this depth a lot of sea life is present. It is 420 feet long and 55 feet wide and over five stories tall, it  makes a very good dive for  advanced technical diver.

Diving trimix 19% oxygen and 28% helium is ideal mix to keep the oxygen toxicity levels minimized and lower the effects of nitrogen narcosis within safe limits. One hundred per cent oxygen and 50% nitrox is used for the 30 minute planned bottom time, and 65 minutes of required decompression.

Picture above of A. Pavan and Keith Higdon after a Trimix dive at Lowrance . Excellent dive, it is so big that looks like a city underwater .It is our biggest wreck in the area.



Lat 26 08.430 Lon 80 04.813 a barge sitting up side down on sand at 70 feet and has elevation about 10 feet. It has some holes where a trained diver can do some penetration. Around and wreck is sand bottom with a lot of tires m and debris from barge. Very good for spearfishing or a drift wreck dive.



Date sunk June 17 of 1991, hull of 46' Sportfish Mold at maximum depth of 81 feet.



Lat 26 14.11 Lon 80 03.807 Located 1 1/2 miles due east of Pompano Pier inside the Rodeo Artificial Reef site. The oceangoing 80 foot steel tug Mary St. Phillips Also known as MARINER II TUG is sitting upright on sand at 110 feet. She is on fair good shape with couple open on hull where fish congregate inside of the wreck. A supra duba scuba diver with some good navigation skills and breathing Nitrox will be able to drift to the Mariner II Barge caring a dive flag.



Lat 26 14.0503 Lon 80 03.4790 A 130-foot Barge knowing as MARINER II BARGE, were deployed as artificial reef sites in May 1993. It is sitting at 110 feet  is good condition with some light penetration. A large amount of baitfish usually congregate over this wreck attracting large sportfish and barracudas.  



 Lat 26 09.370 Lon 80 04.513 Location: Approximately 4 miles north of the Port Everglades Cut, in line with the outside edge of the third reef. The Mercedes, a 198-foot freighter, was beached during a storm on November 23, 1984. She came to rest near the ocean side pool of a Palm Beach socialite.

 It took over 3 months and a quarter million dollars to remove the vessel.. She was placed down on March 30, 1985, off Fort Lauderdale Beach, a half mile north of Sunrise Blvd. The Mercedes is part of a triangle of wrecks that are within a half mile of each other. The Mercedes is to the south, the Jay Scutti to the west, the rebel to the north and Jim Atria in the center. 



Lat 26 09.6198’N  Lon 80 04.7438’W  Sitting at 68 - 70 feet on bottom. This 120 foot vessel lies upright orientated NNW/SSE. We do not have much information about the history of this wreck but I still looking for it.




 A 186-foot Freighter was sank in 164 feet of water on May, 17 1987 off Pompano Beach. It should be emphasized that although parts of the Miller Lite are in recreational diving depths, this wreck should only be visited by properly trained, experienced divers. In 1957 a German refrigerator cargo vessel was commissioned the Mini-horn, it was a beautiful ship. She was in service for almost 30 years before her demise.

 During that time she was given two other names, with her final one being Miller Lite, for the sponsor that helped finance her sinking. The Broward Department of Natural resource Protection has one of the largest artificial reef programs in the world. In 1987 it obtained ownership of the vessel, cleaned it and was sank during the yearly Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo. During the sinking there were 200 boaters and 1,000 people on the shore watching the explosion, which could be seen for ten miles. 



 Lat 26°28.80’N Lon 80°02.20’W. The M/V Castor was sunk on December 14, 2001. It measures 258 feet long by 37 feet wMV Castor in position for sinkingide by 50 feet tall rising to within 60 feet of the surface. For safety reasons all hatches and doors have been removed making it of easy penetration. The main deck is at 90 feet and the maximum depth of 110 fee where it sits upright with the bow pointing south it is an excellent dive for shipwreck lovers. The M/V Castor was designed as a dry cargo carrier by the Dutch as a shelterdeck Coaster used for timbers. The ship was built in 1970 at the bodewes shipyard, Martenshoek, Netherlands. Upon its completion in 1970  originally called M/V Dorothee Bos, the ship was used for cargo and supplies until 1988. Under a new name of M/V Mer Star, the captain and the crew embarked from Spain to Mobile, Alabama and remained working  within the Caribbean waters for the last  twelve years with several different names. In 1999 the M/V Castor was seized by U.S. Customs agents after being stopped by the Coast Guard carrying 10,127 pounds of cocaine. The captain and crew were arrested and the ship seized. The shipMV Castor sinking to become new Artificial Reef sunk as part of Artificial Reef Program of Palm Beach County . The total project cost was $ 75.000 dollars, money that came from the County’s Vessel Registration Fee Trust Fund. Where does the name Castor come from? Many ships are named after stars and the constellation Gemini is widely regarded as the patron of mariners. The stars Castor and Pollux are the two brightest stars in Gemini and named from ancient Greek mythology. Castor and Pollux, were This shipwreck is well located because was sunk close of two others nice wrecks BUDWEISER BAR WRECK and CAPTAIN TONY WRECK.



Lat 26 18.110 Lon 80 03.790 Location: Almost a mile offshore inside the third reef line about 300 yards southeast of Ancient Mariner Wreck. Stern is almost over the third reef at deep maximum of 65 feet (19 Meters ) and I am guessing that this wreck is went down about four years ago. Some penetration to wreck is possible with proper training, some fishes on wreck like smalls Hog fish, jakes, barracudas and tropical fish but nothing spectacular. I just dove this wreck for the first time on October of 2002 after find out from looking the scanning done by Broward county, before that I never heard about this wreck. I Named  Mystery Barge because I could not find any information about it. It looks like a working barge that we see inside of intercostals I estimate the size is 100 feet by 40 feet. Good dive to perform a combination of wreck and drift dive.  If anybody has any information about this wreck please let me know i will be glade to post in this site.



Lat 26 19.290 Lon 80 03.459 Located one mile offshore. ENE of the Deerfield Pier on the Broward/Palm Bch County Line. A 114-foot steel-hulled Danish freighter was sunk in July 1988. She sits in 71 feet of water. In August 1992 Hurricane Andrew tore the vessel into three pieces.  



 A 170-foot Freighter was sank in 277 feet of water on May,14 1989. 



Lat 26 10.184 Lon 80 04.706 A 85 ft. long Tug boat sitting on sand upright on 75 feet. This is one of two tugs from the McALLISTER Towing Co. from New York City that was sunk as part of Broward Artificial Reef Program. The wreck is in excellent condition, I think is because of being a old tug boat the hull was built very thick. Not far from this tug is another wreck 41 feet steel Ragboat called Bruce Mueller also known formerly by Corky M or Sea Bear.



The 95-foot sailboat Pride, sunk in 1987. PRIDE Only 100 feet way of Jay Scutti in Fort Lauderdale, is the 95 foot sailboat Pride and a 40 foot yacht. 



This dive site has two old 32' pusher tugs and 3 more dredge pipe pontoons. The tug that you see at picture still visible and other tug is most of it body is almost buried completely . Just north of the Jay Dorman Artificial Reef. two 32-foot tugboats were sunk in December 1984 in 80 feet of water. Just 40 feet south of the tugs is the 85-foot schooner Alfa. Twenty feet NW from Tugs is a 50-foot Mathis Motor yacht sunk in 1986 in 82 feet of water. About 30 feet north are two dredge pontoons and a nearby hull of a 34-foot vessel. 

The Pipe Pontoons is just west about 50 feet but almost buried on sand.

Bellow I took picture of this different color Queen Angel fish just north aside of Qualmann Tug. This site has small wrecks but with a lot to see and lot of history. Also this site is very popular to sight Reef Sharks and Bull sharks, they do not do any warm to divers, usually they just swim away after check you out. Bellow this a short video made by Matt  that is costumer that frequently dive with our boat Lady Go Diver.



On May 18, 1986, the 130¹ U.S. Army dredge Corey N. Chris was sunk as an artificial reef as part of the Broward County artificial reef program. Later, on May 15, 1988, the Ronald B. Johnson, a 226¹ freighter, was to be sunk in close proximity to this vessel. At the time of the scuttle there were strong currents and things did not go as planned. 

As it turned out, the Ronald B. Johnson landed right on top of the Corey N. Chris and at a 90 degree orientation. As far as divers are concerned, the general consensus is that things went better than planned. These two wrecks make a spectacular site as the diver descends and the two ships come into view. See picture, sketch drawn in 1993 by Captain Jim Mims . Warning Trimix rated divers only on this one!  

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A 170-foot Freighter was sank in 268 feet of water on May,14 1989. 



Lat 26 10.253 Lon 80 04.332 Location: Five mile from Port Everglades Cut, just outside the third reef line, approximately a mile and a half from shore. During the summer of 1985, a 150-foot Norwegian freighter, built in 1947, was placed in the sea floor to become another spectacular artificial reef site. Her original name Andrea was changed to the Rebel. It was purchased by Fort Lauderdale lawyer  and donated to the Artificial Reef Program. The generous benefactor named the wreck after his dog. This open wreck is easily penetrated and has a lot of soft coral all over with numerals bait fish being chased by schools of Jacks . The maximum depth is 110 feet and the wheel house around 85 feet. It is just out side of 3rd reef. I done many dives in this Wreck and I really like the excellent swims  thought  and the growth on it..   




 A 150-foot Freighter was sank in 190 feet of water on July,10 1985. 



Lat 26 13.878 Lon 80 03.813 Located 1-1/2 due east of the Pompano Pier on the outside of the third reef. The 215-foot twin-masted Dutch freighter Windward Trader was sunk in May 1990 to celebrate the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo's 25th anniversary. This Dutch freighter was built in 1956. She is 215 feet long and has a 33 foot beam. She was sunk while almost 100,000 spectators watched.
Today, this twin masted freighter sits upright in 130 feet of water. The main deck is at 100 feet of water and the masts rise to within 52 feet of the surface. Because the Rodeo 25 lies at the limit of recreational diving, she makes a good practice dive for technical divers. 

She is deep enough to practice the ins and outs of the ups and downs and still get decent bottom time as a no decompression dive.



Lat 26 09.193 Lon 80 04.837 Located at 300 yards due south of the Jay Scutti. Approximately one mile offshore. The 95-foot Coast Guard Cutter Cape Gull was sunk on December 1989 in 70 feet of water. A 118-foot motor yacht Our House III, built in 1947 and sunk in 1993, lies 100 feet south of the Robert Edmister. Lat 26 09.183 Lon 80 04.8205 Unfortunately, this vessel was severely damaged by the furious Andrew in August of the same year. 




A 160-foot US Tender was sunk in 120 feet of water on May 14, 1994.

Below picture of two French Angels on top of RSB-1.

Below picture of Barracuda inside of RSB-1 wheelhouse. picture by Pavan taken on  07/09/00.



Lat 26 19.460 Lon 80 03.689 Location: Approximately a mile and a half southeast of the Boca Inlet. A 171-foot barge rests upside down in 72 feet of water. The east side is littered with drainage pipes. Sea emperor off Hillsboro Beach, is the ultimate interactive wreck dive. Just to the East of the wreck lies a huge 1,600 ton pile of concrete piping that has attracted thousands of fish in the few short years since its sinking.


 These culverts were originally supposed to sit on top of the wreck. When the Sea Emperor sank, however, the barge flipped over, spilling all the concrete pieces onto the sand. Theses pieces provide homes to a multitude of crabs, shrimp and other critters, offering divers an opportunity to see some of the most diverse sea life in the area. It's not the wreck itself or the prolific small critters that attracts so many divers to the site, however. It's the wreck's larger inhabitants that provide the big trills.  Currently, divers can expect to interact with as many as nine Southern Stingrays in the same manner as at world famous Stingray City in the Cayman Islands.   Several dive operators offer a feeding interactive dive with Southern Stingrays, Green Moray Eels, Nurse sharks and Jewfish at the Sea Emperor wreck site. 


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 A 200-foot Freighter was sank in 220 feet of water on May,13 1996.



This 320 foot long wreck lies upright in 200 feet of water, just outside the Boynton inlet. 



Lat 26 27.70Lon 80 02.33 Location: 4-1/2 miles south of the Boynton Inlet. One nautical mile offshore. An old 70-foot treasure hunter named the Swordfish was sunk just west of the Budweiser Bar Wreck in 1992. The vessel sits in 80 feet of water. 



 It is the most spectacular artificial reef off Fort Lauderdale. Just 1.5 miles offshore, off Hallandale to the north, near the Dade/Broward County line, these old oil rigs  provides a unique and popular dive site.   Sunk in 1985, the five sections are former oil drilling platforms, the second reef established and donated by the Tenneco Oil Company (the first is 22 miles southeast of Pensacola).  The reef consists of two complete production platforms previously situated 75 miles southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana as well as the drilling deck of another platform that was 90 miles southwest of the city.  Tenneco brought the towers 920 miles by barge, around the Florida Keys.  The structure weighs more than 912 tons and has a total surface area of 100,000 square feet.  The tiers are completely covered by a vast array of sponges, gorgonians and invertebrates. The brilliance of all the colors makes for some spectacular photographs. The three sections within safe diving limits lie at a depth up to 115 feet, rising to within 65 feet of the surface and range in size from 25 to 40 feet.  Most divers plan a multilevel profile to get the most out of the site. Bull sharks, amberjacks and other large fish are seen in virtually every dive.  It's also a great night dive, thanks to the abundant marine life and abundant coral growth.

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Lat 25 58 901 Lon 80 04 799 The deeper two sections were placed for fishery resources and one rest in about 205 feet and another at about 185 feet of Water. They were sunk in October of 1985 and there is we find thousands of different fishes.  Occasionally seen giant Goliath Grouper, Turtles and many more schools of pelagic fish such as Bonitas, Great Amberjack, Tarpon, Reef Sharks and Bull Sharks. The relief for all of these sections is about 50 feet and is easily found with a standard depth finder or good land mark. Excellent site for Tech divers diving with Trimix.




Tracy  was sunk in 98 in 70' feet of water and lies upright . It was attached to the scutti by a chain where with  well planned dive is possible to see both wrecks. Ken Vitale was well known instructor that die of heart attack after one dive. On  the wreck has a plaque honoring this well liked local diver. I like this wreck special for second dive for wreck dive class with penetration in the wreck, inside is dark and required light, excellent to working on buoyancy skills.



The United Caribbean  is a 147-foot steel cargo ship sunk as part of the Artificial Reef Program of Palm Beach, in August 22 2000 just a mile south of the Boca Raton Inlet and 3/4 mile of the cost at a depth of 70 feet. The ship had been built in 1969 and had a Panamanian registry to operate only in waters around Singapore. But by the early 1990's, it was being used by smugglers to illegally ferry people and drugs. in 1993 the smugglers stuffed 300 people to cramped quarters in the belly of the freighter, all hidden under a tarp. Some boarded in Kenya; it was the second leg of the trip that began on another ship in Thailand.

The passengers, yearning to reach the United States and paying smugglers $30,000 or more to be on board, were forced to subsist on a diet of rice, dirty water and spoiled food, as the ship sailed from Kenya in March 1993 to New York. The plan was for the crew of mostly Burmese and Indonesians to ram the ship into the bridge or dam so the passengers could escape to shore. But the crew instead steered it in circles until the vessel beached off Queens. After a four month voyage, ten people died trying to swim to shore.

It is sitting upright just 250 feet south of the wreck Sea Emperor. Excellent site for advanced class (wreck divers)  for penetration on the wheel house and the engine room. With the right training in underwater navigation and nitrox is possible to see all three wrecks in the same dive : Noula Express, Sea Emperor and United Caribbean (Golden Venture).  I can see myself going for many dives in this wreck, exploring and checking  for changes of  new growth of soft corals and sea life.



 Lat 26 14.42 Lon 80 03.51 Location: 1 1/2 miles due east of the Pompano Pier on the outside edge of the third reef. About 1,000 feet north of the Rodeo 25. A 170-foot Dutch coastal freighter sits on her side broke in in two major pieces bow and stern in 110 feet of sand facing north. The vessel spent its short life in the northern seas; then later carried food in the Caribbean and down the South American coast. She was confiscated by the U.S. Customs from running drugs and later purchased to become an artificial reef.

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Lat 26 08.266 Lon 80 04.833 Located about 1 1/4 miles due east of Sunrise Boulevard, on the seaward edge of the third reef. The yacht has become an artificial reef, and is in advanced stage of development. Snapper, barracuda, jacks and other mid-water sport fish are commonly sighted.
She is one of the older shipwrecks in the waters. At 55 feet she is easily reached and explored. Monomy is sadly scavanged. Her ports are missing, her brass long ago found homes on the mantels of local wreckers. Some would say it is a shame, and it is for divers who've never before seen her. On the other hand, her high and dry displayed relics are seen by lots of people who otherwise might never touch or feel a piece of a real shipwreck, and there's something basically good about that. The hull is badly broken up and sinking deeper into the sand. 











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