Trio Bravo

SPECIFICATIONS

COORDINATES

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

SUNK DATE

26° 08.727' N

145

ft

20

ft

80° 04.293' W

44

6

m

m

December 12, 1982

27

ft

7.5

m

135

ft

41

m

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HISTORY

The Trio Bravo, official number 127257, was originally built in 1898 as the Cumberland by the Columbia Iron Works and Drydock Company in Baltimore, Maryland for the Consolidated Coal Company. The Roen Steamship Company later acquired the tug in 1950 and renamed her John Roen V. The large tug remained argely on the Great Lakes until her sale to Trio Shipping Company of Honduras in 1980, after which she sailed to Florida as the Trio Bravo. On January 21, 1981, the Trio Bravo sank at her dock in Port Everglades, and remained submerged until March 14. The eight‐decade old tug was offered at auction in August 1981and was later prepared for disposal as an artificial reef. On December 16, 1983, explosive charges breached the hull of the tugboat Trio Bravo, sending her to the bottom of the Atlantic in 145 feet of water off Fort Lauderdale. She now sits upright and intact, though her superstructure was significantly impacted from the explosions. This has also opened up access to the vessel’s interior, and divers can easily s w i m down into the engine room to observe the large boilers resting in her belly, as well as other adjacent compartments. The exterior of the former tug has been transformed into a colorful shipwreck by gorgonians and other invertebrate species.

LOCATION

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