Apr 20, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Description: This Dutch freighter is 215' long with a 33' beam. The twin mast, towering over the wheelhouse rise to 68', creating a great opportunity for photographers getting silhouette shots. Bait balls usually congregate around the mast as jacks and other predators swoop in. It is a fascinating show. The forward mast was laid over to the starboard in the sand during a storm. This wreck is extremely popular!
Depth range: 80' - 126'.
Suggested Skill Level: Advance Open Water Diver or equivalent experience.
History: This ship was built in 1956 as the Nore. In 1969 she was sold and renamed Booker Trojan; in 1976 she was renamed Caricom Adventurer and then renamed once again Cari Gulf Venture. In 1986 she was renamed Windward Trader. The Windward Trader became a derelict on the Miami River and was sunk as an artificial reef on May 12, 1990. Almost 100,000 spectators witnessed the event which was timed to celebrate the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo's 25th, anniversary.
The second dive will be the Captain Dan Wreck or a reef 60'
[masked]' deep) The Captain Dan is a 175' long Coast Guard Tender. The bow points south and the ship is standing at attention upright at 110'. The top of the wheelhouse is around 80'. The Dan is covered with fish. You never know what you will see here, there has been 2 whale shark sightings here, a day and a year apart. Large barracuda, grouper, amberjack, and other schools of fish frequent this wreck.
History: Originally commissioned the Hollyhock, a US Coast Guard Tender, the Captain Dan was sunk in February 1990 as part of the Rodeo Reef. After being decommissioned by the Coast Guard, the Hollyhock was purchased by a missionary. Mechanical problems stranded the vessel and she was towed to the Miami River where she was sold to the Florida Boating Improvement Program to become an artificial reef. The Hollyhock was renamed Captain Dan in memory of Dan Garnsey, a charter fishing pioneer, and sunk on February 20, 1990.
Check in at the boat at 12:30 pm and leave the dock at 1 pm returning to the dock by 5 pm. $50.00 + tax + small paypal fee if you pay online.
Be safe, enjoy life and have fun!