Cayman Salvage Master

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

92

0

0

28

m

m

ft

ft

24° 27.210' N

81° 45.980' W

SUNK DATE

April 30, 1985

ft

m

187

ft

56.7

m

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING 

HISTORY

This 187 foot long steel hulled buoy tender was built in 1936. She had become a derelict and originally sunk at her dock in the Key West Navy harbor in the late 1970's. She was re-floated, her super structure was removed, and she was sunk again in April of 1985 as an artificial reef. It was intended for the Cayman Salvage Master to be sunk as a deep reef in 300 feet of water, but a cable snapped, and she went down in only 90 feet. The buoy tender originally landed on her port side but was later righted by the forces of hurricane Kate. 

Today the wreck sits upright in 92 feet of water on a sand bottom. Ship historian, Dale Sanders, tells us that this wreck is also known as the Cayman Salvager. Dale goes on to say that the wreck's super structure was removed prior to her sinking and sunk in 60 feet of water in the Gulf, very close to the wreck of the Gunvor. She has an ample assortment of fish to keep any photographer busy and sits in the Gulf Stream, so visibility is usually excellent. The current here can be a little strong; in fact, according to Billy Deans, at times the wreck is non-diveable, so check out the conditions before jumping in.

LOCATION

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