THE NORTHERN LIGHT 150fsw – 195fsw (Natural Wreck) The Northern Light was a Great Lakes steam freighter built in 1888. It was 300′ in length with a 40′ beam. The Northern Light is also somewhat unique in that it used a three-phase steam engine that produced 240 horsepower. These engines were developed near the end of the steam era. In 1927, the owner attempted to commit insurance fraud by setting fire to the ship, badly damaging it. It was then cut down and converted into a barge. In 1930, the Northern Light broke into two parts during a terrible storm and sank off Elbow reef, Key Largo with the loss of 5 lives. This wreck is our most popular technical diving site due to its depth range and proximity to our dock. She lies in 190 fsw, off Elbow Reef in Key Largo and is home to a large number of Bull sharks, a massive nurse shark, numerous grouper and schools of Jacks. Diving at the site is dictated by the location of the Gulf Stream in relation to the wreck. If it is too close or over the site, then it will be un-diveable. When the Gulf Stream is further out, then it is often perfect diving conditions. Check with us before you plan your trip and we will advise you of expected dive conditions.
THE DOC DE MILLY – BISCAYNE BAY 150fsw (Artificial Reef) Another Popular site but dived less often than the Northern Light due to its remote location in Biscayne Bay. Part of the massive Miami-Dade Artficial Reef Project, the Doc is situated in the same area as several other wrecks such as the Berry Patch, Hugos April Fool and 2 F4 Phantom jet fighters. This wreck is an all day charter as it takes approximately 2 hours to reach the site. The good news is that it is closer for us to reach from Key Largo than running out of Miami. We usually combine the trip with a dip on one of the other Biscayne Wrecks or Pacific Reef on the way back.
HARRIS FREIGHTER (AKA WHISTLE BUOY WRECK) – PACIFIC REEF – 180fsw – 220fsw This wreck is on the way to Biscayne Bay and can be combined with one of the Doc DeMilly, Hugo’s or the F4 Fighters as part of a full day charter. Rarely visited and fairly unknown.
THE VITRIC – MOLASSES REEF KEY LARGO 290fsw – 310fsw The Vitric was a wooden schooner-barge built in 1917 (some say 1911.) She was 165 feet long by 36 feet wide with a wooden deck house on the aft section. While en-route from Havana to West Palm Beach, the ship capsized and sank in ~300 feet of water southeast of Molasses Reef in 1944. The site is about 12 miles offshore from Key Largo.
The Vitric was carrying a cargo of 130,000 gallons of syrup and some Japanese motorcycles. The syrup was contained in about a dozen large tanks in the hold and on the deck.
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