At Silent World Dive Center, we are thrilled to introduce you to this exceptional dive site and all its mysteries. The City of Washington shipwreck is not only a popular destination for snorkelers and divers but also holds a special place in history. The vessel was present in Havana’s Harbor during the explosion of the USS Maine in 1898 and was later used to transport troops to Cuba during the Spanish-American War. It was then converted into a coal barge in 1911 before meeting its final fate in 1917 when it sank within minutes after hitting Elbow Reef.
Despite the wreck’s deterioration, the hull and keel shapes are still visible, providing divers with an exciting glimpse into the ship’s past. The debris spans an area of 325 feet in length, giving visitors plenty to explore. Moreover, the shallow depths of the site, ranging from 15 to 25 feet, make it an ideal spot for those who want to experience the thrill of diving without the need for advanced certification.