26° 09.870' N
80° 04.225' W
September 23, 1987
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING
Launched: February 22, 1961 at the Groningen, Netherlands, shipyard Noord Nederlandse. Owned by Stoomboot Maatschappij Hillegersberg.
Powered by an 8- cylinder Stork Werkspoor diesel engine.
1966, new owner: Stoomboot Maatschappij Oostzee‐Willemstad
1972, new owner: Poinciana Trading Company, Limited, of the Cayman Islands
September 21, 1982, the Poinciana was pulled away from her berth on the Miami River as it was leaving to both, Haiti and Dominican Republic. She took on a severe starboard list and after several hours, the Poinciana sunk to the bottom of the Miami River, coming to rest on a high voltage (69000 V) power line that served South. All this happened, allegedly, due to a miscalculation in the convertion from kilograms to pounds, the ship was overloaded by 300 tons of cargo (+160 tons beyond the vessel’s rating of 139). After four days of blocking the Miami River, the freighter was salvaged from its load and successfully refloated, to be then abandoned at Miami by her owners. It sat there, just rusting at her berth, for five year when it was acquired by the Broward County Artificial Reef Program.
Jim Atria (1987 - Divesite)
Jim Atria, a Fort Lauderdale developer and avid diver donated $10,000 to help the Poinciana, which was later named after him in appreciation of his financial assistance. The Jim Atria originally came to rest on her port side in just over 110 feet of water. Six years later, Hurricane Andrew’s storm surge righted the vessel and moved it offshore, where she is now found in 135 feet of water. Heavily encrusted with a thick garb of gorgonians and orange cup coral, the Jim Atria is a fantastic dive and one of the larger intact recreational-depth wrecks off Fort Lauderdale.