Miami Wreck Exploration Project

Technical diving in Miami since 1990

Technical Diving sites in Miami (130FT to 250FT)

Please note that the depths listed here are official depths published by Miami-Dade County's Artificial Reef Program.  These represent the average depth of the sand surrounding the reef site; the actual maximum depths on the wrecks are usually around 15FT deeper.  

Deep Tennecos (185FT)

2 tower structures sunk in Oct-85 with 80FT of relief.

The shallower portions of the Tenneco tower oil platforms are sunk in three pieces nearby in 100FT of water.  The two deeper structures are around 80ft apart; one of them is a mostly open riser frame, the other structure has much of the drilling structure still in place, and is a particularly interesting dive site.  The tops of each structure are at around 120FT, with the bottom at about 195FT.  

Cruz Del Sur (240FT)

287' steel ship sunk in Dec-86 240 95FT of relief - Upright and intact, a large wreck in good condition

Rossmerry (240FT)

195' steel ship sunk in Oct-87 with 20FT of relief - No reported dives on this vessel.  Assumed to be upside down due to the small amount of relief, but survey is required

Nick Comoglio (150FT)

90' steel ship sunk in Jan-97 

The wreck now officially known as the Nick Comoglio was located by the Miami Wreck Exploration Project soon after her sinking, and lacking official confirmation of her identity she was named the "Skeeter."  Around two years after her sinking, Miami-Dade county published her location, and named her after Nick Comoglio, a young Miami free diver who perished on a training dive as part of an attempt to break the free diving depth record.  The vessel's pre sinking name was "Merci Rabi," and confusingly that same name was given to a barge sunk one month after her.  Upright and intact, the Nick Comoglio is a small wreck but with a great deal of growth and some interesting penetration.  (Note that while the official depth is listed as 150ft, the actual depth is around 170ft)

Largo Barge (180FT)

60' barge sunk in Jun-95 

A relatively unremarkable barge, once thought to be the resting place of the "missing" Nick Comoglio.  It was later determined that the Nick Comoglio and Merci Rabi were two different names for the same wreck. 

Lotus (218FT)

110' steel ship sunk in Feb-71 15FT of relief -- Reported upright and intact; with "pretty" lines, despite a low profile.  Survey is required.  

Pimellous (135FT)

120' steel ship sunk in May-71 with 15FT of relief

Upright and intact, this vessel has almost no freeboard or superstructure. The wooden decking is long gone, leaving steel support beams behind. A large and interesting crane is in the sand behind the wreck.

Deep Freeze (135FT)

210' steel ship sunk in Oct-76 with 25FT of relief

A large freighter, she sits upright on the bottom.  Her superstructure was removed prior to sinking.  The stern section has broken away and is twisted about 30 degrees to starboard.

Raychel (185FT)

164' salvaged steel ship sunk in Jul-91 with 20FT of relief

The Raychel is a fascinating site that benefits greatly from the use of scooters.  The Raychel initially rolled over and sank in about 45 feet of water.  She was cut into three pieces, and the pieces were placed in 185FT along with a barge and a large floating buoy which presumably were used in the salvage operation.  Each of the five pieces is about 150 feet apart in a North-South line. 

Water Tower (170FT)

195' steel scow barge with 45' steel water tower sunk in Jun-97 with 65FT of relief

Retired Miami Beach water tower lying on the bottom next to an impressive looking barge. Considerable debris inside the barge, mostly consisting of the support structure for the water tower when it was on land.

Jupiter Star (155FT)

232' steel freighter sunk in Aug-01 with 40FT or relief

Intact, lying on her port side with some damage to her superstructure and rudder, most probably from her sinking. Major penetration (cave diving rules apply here) down the funnel all the way into the engine room. This is a very large and impressive looking wreck.

Pascagoula (180FT)

120' steel barge sunk in Oct-02 with 10FT of relief

This somewhat unremarkable barge never appeared in the county's official wreck listing.  She was originally sunk in 120FT of water, but the county was unable to locate her after sinking.  She was later found in 180FT of water just south of the Raychel

Lakeland (135FT)

200' steel ship sunk in Jul-82 with 32FT of relief

The Lakeland is a "Landing Ship Medium" (LSM).  She sits almost completely upside down, with a very large debris field around the wreck. Penetration potential is extensive but hazardous. Much of the inside of the Lakeland has been surveyed.  The debris field around the Lakeland is vast; even with DPV's it is a challenge to see it all on one dive, and contains a great deal of interesting marine life.

Star Trek (210FT)

200' steel ship sunk in Jul-82 with 32FT or relief

The Star Trek is a 200FT long "Landing Ship Medium" (LSM) lying on her starboard side.  Unlike her sister ships the Lakeland and the Pioneer One, also sunk off Miami, the Star Trek's superstructure was extensively modified from her wartime configuration. 

That modified bridge and superstructure were badly damaged in Hurricane Andrew, and now lie mostly destroyed in the sand beneath the wreck.

A 2014 Survey found her broken about 1/3 of the way back from the bow, and considerably deteriorated since her last survey in 2003

Mystick Isle (185FT)

103' steel ferry sunk in May-86 with 35FT or relief

The Mystic Isle is a bathtub shaped ferry boat, sitting upright and intact.  There is extensive but potentially hazardous penetration throughout much of her insides. 

Esmeralda (185FT)

147' steel ship sunk in December 1927

The Esmeralda sank in Biscayne Bay during a hurricane in 1926.  Shortly thereafter she was raised and sunk intentionally offshore (to dispose of her) and forgotten.  She was rediscovered by accident within swimming distance of the Mystic Isle in the mid 90's.  She sits upright with a list, and is largely intact.  While of significant historical interest, the wreck itself has a low profile and little penetration is possible.  

Jack Falafian (150FT)

80' steel tug sunk in May-98 with 16FT of relief

An 80ft steel tugboat located in 150FT. Upright and intact; very impressive bow to stern penetration possible.  This is a small but pretty wreck.

Rex Baer (226FT)

273' steel ship sunk in Jun-98 with 80FT of relief

2014 survey found her upright and intact.  Considering her age, she is in stellar condition, the only significant damage is her mast has fallen forward.  This is a particularly large and impressive wreck, certainly the most interesting site below 200FT.  

Gimrock Barges (165FT)

195' scow w/ 140' deck barge sunk in Mar-00 with 24FT of relief -- Impressive looking hopper barge full of the wreckage of a second barge

Mary Star of the Sea (210FT)

138' steel ship sunk in two sections in Dec-00 with 10FT of relief  -- Survey Required

Spirit of Hemingway (244FT)

65' steel sailboat sunk in Apr-01 with 15FT of relief -- Survey Required

Miss Lucy (224FT)

40' steel tugboat sunk in May-01 with 18FT of relief -- Survey Required

Customs Reef (145FT)

Etoile de Mer -- 80' steel ship sunk in Jul-01 in 131FT of water with 25FT of relief
Miguana -- 100' steel ship sunk in Jul-01 in 138FT of water with 30FT of relief
Brandy Wine -- 135' steel ship sunk in Jul-01 in 145FT of water with  20FT of relief

Three large and impressive vessels; on a day with good visibility you can see one from another on the bottom. 

Watson Island Barge (150FT)

80' derelict barge sunk in Oct-01 with 10FT of relief

Considerably larger than officially reported (about 150FT long with 20FT of relief) this barge is a relatively featureless box.  

Gimrock 504 Barge (248FT)

100' steel deck barge sunk in May-04 with 10FT of relief -- survey required

Bunnell Barge (130FT)

130' steel deck barge sunk in Aug-04 with 10FT of relief -- An unremarkable barge lying upside down in 130FT of water.  

Hopper Barge (160FT)

150' steel barge sunk in Jun-81 with 15FT of relief

Impressive looking hopper barge, upright and intact except the stern (or is it the bow?) bulkhead is missing from the north end of the wreck.

Railroad Barge (163FT)

100' steel barge sunk in Oct-80 with 11FT of relief

Pioneer One (215FT)

195' steel ship sunk in Oct-83 with 30FT of relief

The Pioneer One is a "Landing Ship Medium" (LSM), which makes her a sister ship to both the Lakeland and Star Trek also sunk off Miami.

She sits completely upside down.  A few dozen empty fuel tanks were sunk with her, and they are on the bottom near the wreck.   Her bow faces east on a sloping bottom; max depth at the site is around 240FT.  

Her upside down orientation on the bottom coupled with the extreme current at this location conspire to make this a particularly difficult wreck to make a successful dive on.  

Sir Scott (220FT)

267' steel ship sunk in Feb-85 with 65FT of relief

As of 2018, the Sir Scott at first glance looks go be in good condition.  She sits tall and upright on the bottom with her bow, stern, most of her superstructure, and forward cargo hold in very good condition.  A bit like the Ultra Freeze (another large freighter sunk off Miami in much shallower water), however, she is broken in the middle, and the hull around her aft cargo hold is partially collapsed.  

She remains a startlingly pretty wreck, and the marine life is diverse and extensive at this site.  

Santa Rita (245FT)

200' steel ship sunk in Nov-76 with 25FT of relief

Lost since Hurricane Andrew, a large target was located by local fisherman at N25.25.417 W80.06.619 which may be her current location.  A Sonar survey is required to confirm these numbers, and a survey dive will then be required.  

Doc De Milly (140FT)

287' steel ship sunk in Mar-86 with 50FT of relief

Considered by many to be the best dive in Dade County, the Doc De Milly is a huge 287ft long freighter sitting in 150FT of water.  Eagle rays and goliath grouper are common here.  The wreck was sunk using concrete bombs, which are visible on the bottom around the wreck.  This is a remote location, approximately 26 nautical miles from Miami. 

The Doc De Milly is upright, and she survived Hurricane Andrew with minimal damage, but sometime around 2003 her stern section broke away from the main hull and is now lists around 40 degrees to port. 

Berry Patch (150FT)

155' steel ship sunk in Oct-88 with 24FT of relief

A 155ft steel ship, she is upright and intact except for some damage to her stern.  She is a rather low lying wreck, with little penetration potential.   

Hugo's April Fool (145FT)

115' steel ship sunk in Oct-88 with 20FT of relief

A small (115ft) freighter located near the Doc De Milly.  She sits upright with her hull largely intact, but her superstructure is somewhat collapsed.  A large school of Jew Fish was resident at the wreck during her survey dive in September 2007. 

Ocean Freeze (240FT)

297' steel ship sunk in Jul-98 with 50FT of relief -- Reported completely upside down by AUE divers. Survey required. 

Club Wreck (220FT)

Approx. 140' steel ship with 20FT of relief -- Wreck of unknown origin.  AUE divers report that she is somewhat broken up, with the bow section some 150ft away from the stern, but connected by a chain lying in the sand.  Survey Required.  

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