The Benwood Wreck is about 5 miles offshore at MM 105.  
There are four mooring buoys B1 - B4 to tie to.  The depth is 25 to 55
feet making the dive good for beginners and intermediate but not too
good for snorklers.  There is sometimes a moderate to heavy current
here so beware.  

The Benwood was a freighter built in 1910.  She was 360 feet long
with a 51 foot beam.  She was wrecked in WWII in 1942.  It is said
that she collided with a 544 foot tanker both traveling off course at
night in the dark.  The Benwood sank 1/1/2 miles north of French
Reef.  Later she was used for target practice by the US military in the
50's and was eventually dynamited to eliminate the navigational
hazard she posed.

The Benwood wreck sits upright in 50 feet of water.  The hull is intact
but is heavily damaged by the collision and subsequent demolitions
by the Navy.  The metal sides of the wreck are fully coated with coral
and sponges.  Look close to the bottom for moray eels, lobster and
jawfish.  One of the most impressive things about this dive is the
amount of tropical fish that you'll see.  They literally cover the top of
the structure.  
Upper Keys Dive Pictures
The Benwood Wreck
Photos by Gail Culver

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