Captain Dan Garnsey

SPECIFICATIONS

COORDINATES

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

SUNK DATE

26° 13.857' N

110

ft

40

ft

80° 03.960' W

33

12

m

m

February 20, 1990

32

ft

10

m

170

ft

51.5

m

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING 

HISTORY

  • 1934: The US. Lighthouse Service designed the Hollyhock Class coastwise tender.

  • Launched: March 25, 1937, at the Defoe Boat and Motor Works, in Bay City, Michigan.

  • Destined for construction and repair work, tending aids to navigation, and supplying remote light stations

  • 1939: the U.S. Coast Guard absorbed the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The ship continued to serve in the Great Lakes region

  • 1962: Transferred to her last station at Miami. spent the next two decades serving along the South Florida coast, as well as at US. facilities in the Bahamas and Cuba. During her longcareer, she received commendations for her service in World War II and Korea, aswell asservice ribbons for her participation in the Mariel Boat Lift.

  • 1980: An evaluation of the vessel reported the vessel was in poor condition and needed extensive maintenance to extend her service life. Due to budget cuts within the agency, the tender was ultimately slated for decommissioning.

  • March 14, 1982: Tied up for the last time.

  • March 31, 1982: Decommissioned.

  • November 1, 1982: Posted for sale and the former buoy tender was sold to a missionary. Due to mechanical problems, the Good News Missionship became stranded and slowly sunk in the Miami River. Abandoned, the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo purchased the vessel for use as an artificial reef.

 

Name History:

  • Hollyhock (1934)

  • WAGL-220 (1939)

  • Good News Missionship (1982)

  • Captain Dan (Divesite)

 

Divesite: 

One of the more popular dive sites off Broward County. The superstructure allows ample exploration potential, while a large hatch on the forward deck beckons divers towards the interior. Since her deployment, abundant gorgonian colonies and other encrusting organisms have colonized the wreck. The large vessel has significant relief. 

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