The Duane Wreck
This wreck is approximately 1 mile South of Molasses reef around 6 miles
offshore at MM 100.
Sister ship to the Bibb, the Duane was built in 1935. The ship is 327 feet long
with a 41 foot beam. The Duane served as a US Coast Guard Cutter, patrolling
offshore in Florida during WW II, in Europe during the invasion of France, and
then the coast of Vietnam. She was decommissioned in 1985. A group of dive
shops and other organizations arranged for the Duane and the Bibb to be
stripped and prepared as artificial reefs and dive sites. The doors were removed
above the main deck and the lower compartments were sealed. Both ships were
sunk in 1987.
The Duane sits upright in 120 feet of water. Like the Bibb wreck, the current here
is usually very bad. This dive is for an advanced or technical diver only. Like all
deep dives, divers should always descend and ascend holding onto the line.
If you're lucky enough to visit the Duane on a good day, this site is one of the
most spectacular dives in the Florida Keys. The hull is heavily encrusted with
corals. Large animals like jewfish, cobia, turtles, big amberjacks, barracuda,
angelfish are usually around the wreck.
There are entry points to the wreck if you are certified as a wreck diver. Large
animals are often inside the wreck. There is a large circular hatch on the
forward deck where the ammunition storage area of the gun turret was. There is
wheelhouse in the middle - don't miss that.
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