25° 24.960' N
80° 07.080' W
April 01, 1975
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July 19, 1943: Launched by Cochrane and Sons, Limited, in Selby, United Kingdom, as the H.M.S. Gillstone (T355).
November 19, 1943: Commissioned into the Royal Navy, was an Isles Class trawler.
1947: Named was changed to Argo upon her sale to a Norwegian company.
1952: Converted to a refrigerated cargo ship.
1961: Renamed to Freedom First
1964: Renamed to Glenrock
1969: Renamed to Sea Enterprise
1970: Finally renamed as, Almirante when purchased by Miami Maritime and then, after only a few years, however, her owners abandoned her on the Miami River.
April 13, 1975: After numerous unsuccessful attempts to have Miami Maritime move their neglected vessel, the city of Miami had the upper decks of the Almirante’s superstructure removed, and they then towed the derelict offshore and sunk it as an artificial reef.
1992: Hurricane Andrew hits the wreck, twisting the stern to port and collapsing the center of the ship.
The Wreck: One of the older artificial reefs off Miami, the Almirante sits mostly upright off Elliott Key. Its stern is twisted to port and portions have partially collapsed amidships due to the influence of Hurricane Andrew, which passed over the site in August 1992. It is blanketed by abundant gorgonian growth, and other associated marine life is generally quite robust.