Robert Edmister

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

76

30

9

23

m

m

ft

ft

26° 09.193' N

80° 04.837' W

SUNK DATE

December 11, 1989

ft

m

95

ft

28.8

m

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HISTORY

The 95‐foot long Cape Class cutter WPB-95304 was built at the Coast Guard shipyard at Curtis Bay, Maryland, and commissioned into the US. Coast Guard on June 8, 1953. The Cape Class cutters were primarily a result of intensifying Cold War tensions and a need for shallow‐ draft anti-submarine vessels following World War II. As such, WPB-95304 was armed with both depth‐charge racks and mousetrap launchers (rocket-propelled anti submarine weapons), as well as standard mounted machineguns. In 1964, WPB‐95304 was named U.S.C.G.C. CapeGull. Her first two decades of service found the Cape Gall conducting law enforcement and search  and rescue duties out of New York. After a major refit in 1977-1978, she was stationed at Miami and focused her attention on stemming the flood of illegal drugs being smuggled into the country. After close to another 10 years of service, the Cape Gull was decommissioned from the US. Coast Guard on May 15, 1988. The obsolete cutter was sold at auction to Dale Scutti in 1989, who planned to use the vessel as an artificial reef in memory of his friend, Fort Lauderdale real estate broker Robert Edmister, who passed away that year. On December 11, 1989, the Robert Edmister was scuttled in 70 feet of water off Fort Lauderdale. The wreck's aluminum superstructure has suffered over the years, with significant damage resulting from Hurricane Andrew in 1992. While portions of the wreck have collapsed, the Edmister still offers a pleasant excursion for novice divers.

LOCATION

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