Augie Ferignno / Rex Bear

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

226

80

24

68

m

m

ft

ft

25° 42.482' N

80° 04.633' W

SUNK DATE

June 16, 1998

34.5

ft

10

m

273

ft

82.7

m

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HISTORY

  • Launch: April 4, 1956, at the Elmshorn, Germany shipyard of Kremer Sohn

  • 1990, Rex Bear arrived in Miami from Haiti, and squatted along the Miami River for over seven years.

  • After efforts from local and state agencies failed to motivate representatives for the Costa Rican company that owned the derelict vessel to move the Rex Bear, which was basically a hazard, the U S. Coast Guard began levying steep fines to illicit the desired response.  

  • The derelict vessel was ultimately donated to a local sport fishing group for use as an artificial reef.

 

Other Names:

  • Simon (1965 - Norwegian)

  • Ramsland (1975 - Norway)

  • God is Good

  • Rex

  • Rex Bear (Costa Rica)

  • Augie Ferrigno (Divesite Name)

 

Divesite:

On June 16, 1998, the Rex Bear was sunk as an artificial reef four and a half miles south of Government Cut in memory of a local fishing tackle supplier named Augie Ferrigno. The Rex Bear now sits upright and intact off Miami.

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