USS Kendrick (DD-612)

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

320

0

0

97

m

m

ft

ft

24° 27.608' N

81° 36.064' W

SUNK DATE

March 02, 1968

36

ft

11

m

488

ft

147.9

m

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING 

HISTORY

The Bristol class destroyer U.S.S. Kendrick, DD-612, was launched on April 2, 1942, and commissioned on September 12, 1942. She was 348.4 feet long, had a 36 foot beam and a twelve foot draft. On September 2, 1943, a German dive bomber launched two torpedoes before being shot down by the Kendrick's gunners. One torpedo hit the Kendrick's rudder, damaging her steering compartment. After repairs the Kendrick provided gunfire in support of troops advancing against the Germans in Italy. The Kendrick received three battle stars for her World War II service. She was decommissioned on March 31, 1947. She was sunk by the Navy as an experiment in March of 1968, ten miles out of Key West. 

According to Billy Deans, she now sits in 325 feet of water and rises to within 250 feet of the surface. Billy goes on to say that the wreck sits east to west, is intact and has a hole on her starboard side. Due to her depth, this is not a wreck for sport divers and should only be explored by highly experienced professional divers using mixed gas to breath.

LOCATION

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