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History of our local wrecks.
Wrecks in 70 feet of water.


Sea Emperor
The Sea Emperor was formerly a hopper barge that was donated as part of a fine levied on a dredging company that destroyed some reef habitat off Palm Beach County. She was filled with large concrete culverts and then sunk of Boca Raton. When the barge sank it flipped, scattering the culverts and landing upside down. These attract thousands of fish as well as larger inhabitants that provide big thrills.

Ancient Mariner

A former Coast Guard Cutter Nemesis was launched in 1934 from Point Pleasant, Virginia and stationed in St. Petersburg, where she did search and rescue missions in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic.   In 1942 during WW II. she served as a sub chaser. She was decommissioning in 1964. In 1979, a local business bought the vessel and converted into a floating restaurant and bar. She was purchased by the South Florida Divers Club of Hollywood for $6,000.00, and donated to Broward County's artificial reef program. In June of 1991 was sunk as an artificial reef off Deerfield Beach.


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United Caribbean

The ship was built in 1969 and named the Golden Venture. But by the early 1990's, it was being used by smugglers to illegally ferry people and drugs. On June 6, 1993  the Golden Venture ran aground at Riis Park on Rockaway Beach in Queens New York. The ship was smuggling 286 illegal immigrants from China. The ship was later sold and renamed the United Caribbean and was used as a cargo vessel in the Caribbean. The ship eventually became part of the Palm Beach Artificial Reef Program and was sunk on August 22, 2000.

Wrecks from 100-130 feet


Rodeo 25

This Dutch freighter was built in 1956. She became a derelict on the Miami River and was sunk as an artificial reef. on May 12, 1990. Almost 100,000 spectators witnessed the event which was timed to celebrate the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo's 25th, anniversary.

Captain Dan

The Coast Guard buoy tender Hollyhock was sunk in February, 20 1990. After being decommissioned by the Coast Guard, she was purchased by a missionary. Mechanical problems stranded the vessel and she was towed to the Miami River where she was sold to the Florida Boating Improvement Program to become an artificial reef. She was renamed in memory of Capt DAN GARNSEY, owner of the drift fishing boat Helen S



Miracle of Life

The offshore supply vessel Miss Lourdies was seized by US Customs in June 2008 with 154 kilos of cocaine aboard in Miami.  In October 2008 U.S. Customs offered the vessel to the Artificial Reef Program for sinking. The sinking was a joint effort between Palm Beach & Broward Counties and private donations. Daniel Fasano, the largest contributor was inspired by a life-saving bone marrow transplant and created the "Miracle of Life Foundation". It was sunk in June 2009 as an artificial reef.

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