Mary Star Of The Sea

SPECIFICATIONS

COORDINATES

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

SUNK DATE

25° 42.548' N

210

ft

0

ft

80° 04.509' W

64

0

m

m

December 15, 2000

ft

m

138

ft

41.8

m

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING 

HISTORY

The 138-foot long Panamanian-flagged freighter Mary Star of the Seas unkin rough seas while sitting in the Miami anchorage just over a mile offshore on October 21, 1990. At 8:45 p.m., the crew of the 265‐ton freighter, built in 1955, made a distress call to the US. Coast Guard stating that they were taking on water. The five‐man crew was eventually removed from the ship when they could not keep up with the incoming water, and the freighter settled on the bottom. She came to rest in 27 feet of water with only her mast protruding from the ocean’s surface.Coincidentally, the sinking occurred just three days after the sinking of the freighter Raychel a short distance away in the shipping channel.The State of Florida contracted to have the abandoned Mary Star of the Sea, affectionately named the ”Mary Star of Debris,” moved from its current site and deployed in another area to serve asa deep‐water artificial reef. Divers from Resolve Marine Group cut up the vessel underwater using thermal cutting gear. The mid section of the freighter was sectioned up by the divers and then placed onboard a barge by crane prior to its deployment in deep water. The bow was removed from the remainder of the wreck, patched to hold air, and then floated free from the bottom to be towed to the n e w site. The heavy stern section, along with its engine and machinery, was rigged and lifted from the bottom by a crane, and then towed midwater to its final resting spot. All work was completed by December 22, 1990. The wreck of the Mary Star of the Sea, as  well as that of the Raychel, illustrate that shipwrecks continue to occur off Florida. While there have been vast technological advancements in the past five decades, the sea still takes its toll.The remains of the coastal freighter now rest in approximately 210 feet of water. A relatively short distance separates the sections, and technical divers can visit both sections on one dive if they have scooters or if aided by the prevailing current, as one section is found a short distance to the northeast from the southernmost section.

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