RSB-1

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

120

25

8

36

m

m

ft

ft

26° 13.642' N

80° 03.896' W

SUNK DATE

April 23, 1994

36

ft

12

m

160

ft

48.5

m

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HISTORY

  • Launched: 1965, by Bishop Marine Service at Port Aransas, Texas, for the oil industry, serving as an offshore crew and materials transport vessel.

  • 1971: The US. Navy contracted with Tracor, Incorporated, who purchased the vessel and modified her equipment for the military’s use.

  • 1973: helped rescue two crew members from the Johnson Sea Link submersible, which had become entangled in the wreckage of the destroyer U.S.S. Fred T. Berry.  As a result of this feat, and in recognition of her ability, she was added to the Supervisor of Salvage list of assets for the rescue of downed submersibles.

  • 1976: purchased by the U. S. Navy, operating with a civilian crew by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Fort Lauderdale Detachment, in support of its underwater test and evaluation range. The RSB-I operated offshore of South Florida and near Andros Island, Bahamas, in support of underwater mine testing and development.

  • 1992: Was put out of service.

  • 1993: Donated to the Broward County Artificial Reef Program

 

Name History:

  • Leo Wood, Jr. (1965)

  • A. B. Wood II (1971)

  • Range Support Boat #1 (RSB‐l) (1976)

 

Divesite:

On April 23, 1994, explosives tore through the vessel and sent her to the bottom in three minutes. Dedicated to US. Navy veteran and Broward County Sheriff James Torgerson, the RSB‐1 now rests upright and intact in 115 feet of water.

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