Wickstrom

SPECIFICATIONS

COORDINATES

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

SUNK DATE

27° 13.492' N

188

ft

50

ft

80° 00.318' W

57

15

m

m

January 21, 2003

32

ft

10

m

168

ft

50.9

m

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING 

HISTORY

  • Launched: October 1944 as a freight supply vessel at the Brunswick, Georgia shipyard of Brunswick Marine for the US. Army Transportation Corps.

  • 1945: First Skipper was Captain Erle P. Halliburton, founder of Halliburton.

  • 1964: Sold to a private company and renamed

  • 1966: Sold to a private company and renamed

  • 1979: Sold Twice

  • 2002: Purchased by Wickstrom and the Martin County Anglers Club for use as an artificial reef after eventually fell into disrepair and was tied up on the Miami River for several years

 

Name History:

  • PS‐553 (1944)

  • Sonic 11 (1964)

  • Tauros (1966)

  • Apemagu (1979)

  • Wickstrom (2002 – Divesite)

 

Divesite:

On January 21, 2003, the Wickstrom was scuttled in 190 feet of water approximately nine nautical miles offshore St. Lucie Inlet. The deck of the former US. Army freighter rests at a depth of approximately 160 feet, while the top of the mast above the bridge rises to within 120 feet of the surface. The bow of the Wickstrom points south towards the Tree Barge, which can be found approximately 500 feet away. In addition, several artificial reef modules were deployed between the two wrecks in 2005. The Gulf Stream frequently washes over the wreck, particularly during the summer, so divers should be experienced diving with significant current. Amberjack, spadefish, and grouper frequent the site, and the deep-water ivory tree coral (Oculina varicosa) has also established itself on the wreck.

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