26° 33.240' N
80° 01.060' W
November 02, 1991
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING
Unlike the numerous, small, post‐war European coastal freighters used as artificial reefs off Florida, the Skyeclijfe was constructed in 1961 as the Erimo Mara at the Osaka, Japan shipyard of Namura Shipbuilding Company, Limited, and was 317.5 feet in length, 45.6 feet in width, and displaced 2,639 tons. In 1977, she was sold and renamed Sea Venture, and again traded hands in 1983 and sailed as Skyecliffe. In 1991, the freighter was purchased for use as an artificial reef after experiencing issues while at New Orleans, whereupon she was towed to Fort Lauderdale, cleaned, and ultimately sunk off Boynton Beach on November 2, 1991. The Skyecliffe became the largest, and at a cost of $148,500,themostexpensivePalm Beach County artificial reef project.
The wreck of the Skyecliffe sits upright and intact in 200 feet of water, though her massive stern superstructure rises almost 70 feet from the bottom. The wreck rests generally in line with the typically strong Gulf Stream Current, though with the abundant amount of relief the vessel offers, divers can comfortably explore the wreck with ease. The cavernous engine room is located aft of the stern superstructure, and a large deck access hatch allows access into the interior. Small deck houses can be found amidships and near the bow, which provide divers shelter when moving forward and against a strong current. When the current is not roaring over the wreck, abundant marine life including snapper, jacks, mahi mahi, and grouper cloud around the structure. Because of this, the Skyecliffe is popular with fishermen, who have inadvertently decorated the shipwreck with abundant amounts of monofilament line.