Corey N Chris
26° 13.863' N
80° 03.432' W
May 18, 1986
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Launched: 1942, by the US Army, manufactured by the Nashville Bridge Company.
Chris N Corey (Divesite)
Just offshore of Hillsboro Inlet lies as one of the most visually spectacular artificial reefs in Florida. Commonly referred to as the “R.B.J.”, this site actually consists of two shipwrecks: the Carey N Chris and the Ronald B. Johnson.
The fact that the Ronald B. Johnson rests directly on top of the Corey N Chris, makes the site quite unique. The site could not have been planned better. Yet, it is interesting to note that the final orientation of the two wrecks occurred simply as a result of dumb luck.
The Corey N Chris was named after the two sons of Carlos Sanchez, a Boca Raton man who won a contest to name the new artificial reef.
The vessel was originally intended to be placed in 200 feet of water, but she ultimately came to rest on the seabed at a depth of approximately 260 feet. Oriented with her bow pointing towards shore, there is a slight slope associated with the site; the depth around her stern approaches 270 feet, while the sand off her bow is 255 feet in depth.