For those who know me, you will realize that I am not a diver but a
an avid sports wreck fisherman and wreck hunter. But as some of you may know my brother, his son and
my nephew are very
experienced commercial saturation divers, so I am aware of the many hazards that
sports diver will encounter.
(Typical trace of
Wreck on seabed with fish showing up tide, taken in the English Channel UK)
I should also mention that Florida
has the three of the largest wrecks in the world sunk intentionally for sport diving. The
USS ORISKANY pictured below at 32,000 tons and deployed on the 17th May 2006.
This lies in the Gulf of Mexico 24 miles of Pensacola Beach.
We also have the SPIEGEL GROVE
pictured below at 6880 tons which can dived off Islamorada in the Florida Keyes.
USS SPIEGEL GROVE
Type of Vessel: Landing Ship Dock (LSD)
Length: 510 feet Beam: 84 feet Tonnage: 6,880 tons
Speed: 22.5 knots
Commissioned: Nov. 5, 1955 Decommissioned: Oct. 2, 1989
Cost of project: $1 million
Deployed on May
17th 2002 off the Islamorada, Upper Keys.
USAFS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg
Acquired by the Navy and
designated T-AGM-10, as a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
Gross Tonnage: 17,120 tons. Length: 522 feet 10 inches • Beam: 71.5 feet •
Draft: 24 feet
Deployed on May 29th 2009 7 miles off Key West.
Captain Tony Allen has an extensive list of WRECK DIVE SITES in the
Florida & Gulf of Mexico area
and is currently searching for new wrecks using a magnetometer and side
He is well known for his wreck knowledge of the English Channel and of the many
new wreck locations he forwarded to the Hydrographic Department at Taunton.
These can be seen on many Hydrographic printouts.
Database of WRECKS and additional information for Scuba Divers can be found at
the following UK WEBSITE. It's excellent and has information for all over the
world. Click on the Diver to take you to the site.
The best site for wreck information in the World is now
www.wrecksite.eu This site is
operated by Capt. Tony Allen & Jane Lettens in Belgium, who is the programming
genius. Please contribute so others may enjoy
what is currently unknown wreck information to them.
Florida Artificial Reef Program