26° 09.520' N
80° 04.760' W
September 19, 1986
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING
Launched: December 29, 1960, by Jonker and Stans from their shipyard at Hendrik-ldo‐Ambacht, Netherlands. Built for the Aruba Ports Authority to serve as a harbor tug at Oranjestad.
Sold to the Meta Corporation of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
November 18, 1984, the U.S.C.G.C. Cherokee seized the vessel 30 miles north of Grand Bahama Bank with 15 tons of marijuana on board.
Jay Scutti (Divesite)
The forfeited vessel was bought at public auction for $14,000 by Fort Lauderdale businessman Dale Scutti, who wished to sink the tug off his beachfront home to serve as an artificial reef in memory of his son, Jay Scutti, who was an avid diver. On September 19, 1986, after an initial failed attempt, the Broward County Sheriff Department’s bomb squad successfully detonated 45 pounds of dynamite, which sent the rusting tugboat to the bottom. The Jay Scutti, its bow pointing northward and listing to port, now rests amidst a cluster of other wrecks that can be explored on the same dive. They include the remains of the Moonshot (formerly the Sanctuary) and the sailboat Pride (also known as the Harbour Towne) just to the south of the Jay Scutti, and to the north divers will encounter the hull of the sail boat B. H. Lake, the offshore supply vessel Ken Vitale (formerly the Tracy), and the freighter Merci Jesus.