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9 Ships of the Shipwreck Trail

October 13th, 2015 by Piper Smith

The Adelaide Baker: 4 miles south-southeast of Duck Key, lie the remains of a three-masted iron-rigged and reinforced wooden-hull bark. The Adelaide Baker was 153 feet long, with a draft of almost 21 feet.

The Amesbury: A U.S. Naval destroyer escort in 1943 and was later converted to a high-speed transport vessel. The Amesbury rests five miles west of Key West.

The Benwood: The Benwood was built in England in 1910 and sunk in 1942 when it collided with another ship. She lies between French Reef and Dixie Shoals on a bottom of low profile reef and sand in depths ranging from 25 to 45 feet.

The City of Washington: East of Key Largo, the remains of the City of Washington lie on Elbow Reef. On July 10, 1917, while being towed by a tug, the City of Washington ran aground on and was a total loss within minutes.

The Duane: one mile south of Molasses Reef off Key Largo. As the oldest active U.S. military vessel, the Duane was donated to the Keys Association of Dive Operators for use as an artificial reef.

The Eagle: The Eagle lies on her starboard side in 110 feet of water three miles northeast of Alligator Reef Light.

The North America: Lies in the sand and grass flats north of Delta Shoals, just east of Sombrero light.

The San Pedro: The San Pedro, a member of the 1733 Spanish treasure fleet caught by a hurricane in the Straits of Florida, sank in 18 feet of water one mile south of Indian Key.

The Thunderbolt: 4 miles south of Marathon and Key Colony Beach. The Thunderbolt was intentionally sunk on March 6, 1986.