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Brownie's Southport Divers offers a full range of diving services, including daily dive trips aboard our 32 foot Island Hopper dive boat Reef Roamer. Although the Reef Roameris certified for 21 passengers, we limit all SCUBA trips to 6 divers for your comfort! We also have an overflow boat at our disposal should our boat be full.

We visit all reefs and wrecks from the Tenneco Towers off Hallandale Beach to the Hydro Atlantic off Deerfield Beach! Powered by a 3208 Cat Turbo diesel, with an 18 knot cruising speed, Reef Roamer gets you there and back in great time!

Technical, recreational, or snorkeling, Brownie's Reef Roamer is your best choice for Fort Lauderdale area diving!


 

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DIVE LOCATION DESCRIPTIONS
BARRACUDA REEF - Reef depth 25-35' Surrounded by 29 mooring buoys--the first markers to be installed in Broward County--Barracuda reef is an excellent spot for fish-watching. Located a half-mile out from the John U. Lloyd State Recreational Area, this reef lies in 35 feet of water. The site has a high profile reef ledge that rises 10 to 15 feet from the bottom. This reef offers a sight similar to that of reefs in the Florida Keys with a healthy concentration of staghorn, star, and brain corals. Fish life is plentiful and lobsters, crabs, and moray eels can be found underneath ledges that rise about four feet from the bottom. Boat traffic is heavy in the area and divers should exercise caution when exploring this reef.

CAPTAIN DAN - 175' USCG Buoy Tender

Just south of the Jay Dorman Artificial Reef. 1 1/2 mile from shore, just outside the third reef line. The 175-foot Coast Guard buoy tender Hollyhock was sunk in February, 20 1990 in memory of Capt DAN GARNSEY, a long time Broward County resident and owner of the drift fishing boat Helen S. Garnsey died in the year Captain Dan was placed on the bottom. This ship spend most of her 53 years career as the Coast Guard buoy tender Hollyhock. The sinking was delayed for more than a month because, ironically, the high seas caused by January storms were too rough to sink a ship.

The wreck still completely but it is inundated with more than eight years growth. This growth was accelerated by the almost constant current that flows around it. The former U.S. Coast Guard vessel and treasure hunter has rapidly developed into an underwater treasure of its own.

The wreck emerges into view as divers descend just a few feet from the surface. Visibility at the site averages 50 to 75 feet, although there are days when it is so good the entire wreck can be distinguished at one glance. Captain Dan has been prepared with large access holes between the forepeak, cargo hold and engine room, providing certified wreck divers easy opportunity for penetration. It is definitely a jewel of Florida's ''Wreck Alley''. She lies upright in 110 feet of water in the Rodeo reef site. This intact wreck is a great dive. Her wheelhouse is 70 feet below the surface.
THE CAVES/TWIN LEDGES - Reef depth: 25' - 35' Located about 2 miles north from the Port Everglades Inlet. A system of 16 moorings mark a broken ledge varying in depth from 20 to 30 feet.
COPENHAGEN - 325' cargo ship Depth: 30'

About 1/2 mile due east of the large blue water tower on Pompano. Scattered wreckage lies between Pompano Ledge buoys # 3& 4. The 325-foot single screw steamer Copenhagen was built in 1898 just two years before she ran aground on the rock ledge out from Pompano. She was caring a cargo of coal to Havana at the time of mishap. This is one of Florida's favorite historical shipwreck dives. On May 20 1900, the vessel had departed Philadelphia, laden with almost 5,000 tons of coal and a crew of 26, bound for Havana, Cuba. As the vessel passed the lighthouse, Captain William Jones estimated the ship's position as about one and three- quarter miles offshore and ordered a change in course to SSE to keep the ship at least a mile and a half offshore as it past by West Palm Beach. At around 4:20 am, Captain Jones retired, leaving the chief officer in charge. He left instructions the keep the vessel one and half miles offshore. There was no indication of what was about to happen to the steamship.

The steamer SS Copenhagen was built in Sunderland, England, and launched in February 1898. The steel hulled ship was 324 feet long, 47 feet wide and more than 25 feet deep. Like many of the ship built in the late 1800s, the vessel was built with an inner and outer hull. At around 9:00 am on May 26, the vessel suddenly crashed hard into the Pompano Drop-off, an eastern facing ledge that rises to 15 feet of the surface from a sandy bottom in 31 feet. The ship's engines were immediately ordered stopped.

Captain Jones ordered full reverse. The engines kicked into reverse but the ship didn't move. In the attempt to free the vessel, a large anchor was deployed to no avail. Two days later, a salvage ship showed up to help unload the cargo and to try to pull the Copenhagen from its predicament. Extra people from shore were employed to speed up the recovery of the coal. The loss of the ship was valued at $250,000 and the remaining cargo was valued at $12,500. Jones was found to be at fault for the incident. Examiners found that he did not employ proper navigation; and that he did not used his sounding lead. A sounding lead is a device that ships used to determine the depth of the water. Because of his willingness to cooperate during the investigation and his excellent work record, his master certificate wasn't revoked. The wreck of the Copenhagen was visible above the water for more than 40 years. The site was used for target practice by navy fighters stationed nearby. In June 1994, the site was named as Florida's fifth underwater archaeological preserve. A plaque commemorating this distinction is next to a large limestone boulder just to the south of the wreck. Even though the site is ideal for the novice diver, many experienced divers have had a wonderful time exploring the Copenhagen. The Copenhagen wreck is also known as the Cumberland Barge and rises to within inches of the ocean's surface.
EBEN-EZER II- 85', depth 70' The Eben-ezer II, 85 feet in length, was also sunk off of Hollywood in 70' of water on May 14,2002. It is anticipated that this artificial reef will be popular with both divers and the fishing community since they will be located in the range of depths used by both. In addition to recreational use, the MV Eben-ezer II will be used by scientists to look at the effects on the fish population of placing artificial reefs near natural reefs.
JAY SCUTTI - 100' Harbor Tugboat, depth 67 feet The 95 foot Aruba harbor tugboat was built in 1961 in the Netherlands. Her original name was Arikok. The Arikok was caught while on a marijuana smuggling mission and confiscated. She was later purchased at auction by a local businessman and renamed Jay Scutti, in memory of his son. The wreck was sunk as an artificial reef on September 19, 1986, and is actually attached to the wreck of the 95 foot steel work boat Pride which was sunk in 1987 with a cable. Divers can easily explore both of these vessels on one dive. The Jay Scutti sits in 67 feet of water.
JIM ATRI - 227' Freighter, depth 112 feet This Dutch built freighter, originally named Poinciana, was built in 1961. She was 227 feet long, had a 34 foot beam, and was powered by an eight cylinder Werkspoor diesel. She gained notoriety after she capsized and sank in the Miami River. The vessel was raised, towed offshore and then sunk as an artificial reef on September 23, 1987. She now sits on her port side in 112 feet of water. Diving the Jim Atria requires Advanced Open Water Certification.
HAMMERHEAD - Reef depth 60-80' Beginning a half-mile south of Port Everglades, Hammerhead Reef stretches for 2.5 miles and ends at the Dania Pier. The base of the reef lies in 80 feet of water on the eastern side and in 60 feet on the western side. The reef rises to as high as 18 feet in some places. Hammerhead Reef contains many undercuts and ledges which provide shelter for an abundance of tropical marine life. Southern Stingrays can often be found buried in the sand along the edges of the reef.
HOG HEAVEN - 180' Barge & Pacific Reef Lighthouse, depth 70 feet/ 21 meters Hog Heaven is a wreck dive located approximately 2.5 miles north of Port Everglades. This 180 foot long barge was owned by Western Contractors Company of Iowa. She was sunk on September 19, 1986. The barge rests upside down in 64 feet of water. A smaller 70 foot long barge called the Wayne can be found 200 feet to the northeast. Hog Heaven is also close to the remains of the Pacific Reef Lighthouse which was dumped to form a reef on January 30, 1989. The Pacific Reef Lighthouse plus 1200' of dredge pipe and some concrete beams also lie seaward. The depth ranges from 55' on deck to 66' in the sand.
HYDRO ATLANTIC - 300' Dredger, depth 165 feet

The Hydro Atlantic was built in 1905 by Maryland Steel Co., as the sea going dredger Delaware. She was built for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She was sold in 1950 to Construction Aggregates Corp., Wilmington, Delaware, and renamed SandCaptain. In 1961, she was once again renamed, this time Ezra Sensibar, after a major rebuild at Maryland SB & DD Co. She was 300.8 feet long, had a 64 foot beam and was powered by a twin screw diesel electric plant. In 1968 she was sold to Hydromar Corp., Wilmington, Delaware, and renamed Hydro Atlantic. The Hydro Atlantic was being towed to a Texas salvage yard when the old hull gave out and she sunk on December 7, 1987. The 320 foot long freighter is a real ship wreck, not a diver prepared, artificial reef wreck. A huge crane stands mid ship, with one of the ship's main anchors at its base. The winch is still on the bow and the engine is still in the engine room. This is a real wreck! Her deck is still crowded with equipment. Pipes that traverses the old hull from one pump to another. Cranes and giant winches still laden with cables.She sits completely intact and upright in 165 feet of water. This is a deep dive and is only for the highly experienced technical diver.
DON MCALLISTER - 100' Tugboat, depth approx 70 feet/21 metersThe Wreck of the "Don McAllister" is located approximately 5 miles south of Port Everglades. This 100' Tugboat lies bow to the north and ranges in depth from 50' on the high point of the tug to 70' in the sand.
MERCEDES - 194' freighter, depth 100' The freighter Mercedes I was built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1952. She was 194 feet long, had a 30.6 foot beam and displaced 496 gross tons. She was originally named Jacob Rusch and later renamed Rosita Maria and Rita Voge, before being given her final name Mercedes I in 1976.

On November 23, 1984, while the Mercedes I was sitting peacefully at anchor, a storm began stirring up the surrounding seas. This powerful storm ripped the freighter from her anchor and sent the vessel hurling towards shore. The storm left the Mercedes I high and dry on the beach up against the sea wall of Palm Beach socialite, Mollie Wilmot, who owns the house next to the Kennedy family compound. Her crew of twelve were not injured and literally walked to shore.

After the accident, the owners of the Mercedes abandoned her, leaving the state to try to pull her off the beach. After several unsuccessful attempts and three months of salvage workers utilizing heavy winches, they finally pulled the ship off the beach. At a cost of $223,000 from a Federal fund, the Mercedes I was finally pulled from the beach by the Donjon Marine Company of New Jersey.

By the time of her dislodging from the beach, the Mercedes I had become a celebrity to the media because of her strange wrecked location. The ugly freighter had been littering one of Florida's most expensive stretches of real estate. The hulk of the Mercedes I was purchased from Donjon for $29,000 by the Broward County Environmental Quality Control Board, with the intention of sinking the ship to create an artificial reef off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale. In preparation for her sinking, the Mercedes I was stripped. Holes were cut in the ship's sides and interior bulkheads to make her safe for divers. Hatch covers were removed and exit signs were even painted on the interior walls to help divers find their way out safely. All of the preparation work was done by volunteers from the community.

On March 30, 1985, the Broward County Bomb and Arson Squad loaded the ship with 350 pounds of TNT. With at least 20,000 spectators looking on, the ship was towed out to sea where upon detonation, she became enveloped in a cloud of smoke and flames before sinking to her final resting place. Millionaire, Mollie Wilmot, who had lived with the rusting hulk in her backyard for three months, watched the sinking from the Goodyear blimp.

The Mercedes I has become quite a popular dive site. Dive boats are constantly hovering over the wreck while teams of divers go down to explore her remains. On a clear day, even snorklers can see the Mercedes sitting perfectly upright on the ocean floor. Although visibility here has been reported to be as good as 100 feet, the norm ranges from 50 to 60, and the current can sometimes be strong. Because of the depth and the strong current, this wreck is for the more advanced diver.

The Mercedes I now rests in 97 feet of water, one mile off the shore of Ft. Lauderdale on a sand and coral bottom. This wreck now abounds with marine wildlife. Divers can see many species such as schooling bait fish, bonito, jacks , barracuda, angelfish and parrotfish. For divers interested in macro photography, this wreck is inhabited by hundreds of arrow crabs that make for a great shot. One mile north of the Mercedes is the wreck of the Rebel which was sunk in 1985.
OAKLAND RIDGE MOORINGS About three miles north of the Port Everglades Inlet lay the Oakland Ridge moorings. This series of 15 mooring is a marker for a ledge located 18 to 28 feet down. Several caves and crevices provide homes to glassy sweepers and snook. This is a great ledge dive for those divers visiting the area.
PARADISE REEF - Reef depth: 45' - 65'+
PRID This 95 foot long steel hulled sailboat was sunk as an artificial reef on November 21, 1987. The Pride now lies on the bottom by Oakland Ridge. She sits in 70 feet of water, 100 feet south of the Jay Scutti. This wreck is often called the Harbour Towne and is attached by a cable to the wreck of the Jay Scutti, so divers can explore both wrecks while using this cable for navigation.
REBEL - 135' Norweigan Freighter, depth 115 feet/35 meters The Wreck of the Rebel lies bow to the north, on a sand and coral debris bottom. The Dutch freighter Rebel was built in 1947 at Zwartslosf and originally named Cornelis. She was 128 feet long, had a 24 foot beam and a 9 foot draft. In 1981 she was sold and renamed Island Transported, she was later renamed St. Andrea and was confiscated when her crew was caught smuggling drugs into the U.S. The Andrea was purchased at a federal auction by a Fort Lauderdale attorney, and environmentalist, who donated the vessel to the Broward County reef program. The vessel was renamed Rebel after the attorney's dog. The Rebel sits in 110 feet of water, only one mile north from the well known Mercedes wreck. Sunk on July 16, 1985, to form an artificial reef, this Norwegian freighter still sits perfectly intact and upright, and visibility has been reported to exceed 100 feet. Divers can reach the deck of the Rebel at 85 feet.
ROBERT EDMISTER- 95' Coast Guard Cutter, depth 70' The 95 foot coast guard cutter Cape Gull was built in 1953 at the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay. The vessel was sold at auction to a Ft. Lauderdale businessman who renamed her Robert Edmister after a friend and associate who had passed away. The newly named Robert Edmister was sunk on December 11, 1989, when the Broward Sheriff's Office Bomb & Arson Unit set off five eight pound dynamite charges. The Edmister went down in just 36 seconds.
TENNECO TOWERS - 3 Oil Field Platforms, depth 118 feet/35 meters The Tenneco Towers are actually not one, but three sites donated by the Tenneco Oil Company. Also known as Tenneco Shallow, each of the three are sections of this former Gulf of Mexico oil drilling platform that were sunk on October 3, 1985, in 110 feet of water, 100 yards apart. The structure rises to within 60 feet of the surface. The first of the three sections of the platform is the upper derrick structure, the second is the working deck, and lastly are the huge legs that once supported the entire structure. The tower's legs were sunk in 190 feet of water in a site called Tenneco Deep. Hurricane Andrew pushed two of the three together and broke about 6 feet of the legs off one side of one structure, leaving one platform crashed into another. The upper deck ranges from 62'-77' to the sandy bottom at 105'. This wreck is the largest artificial reef in southeast Florida and one of the most popular. Placed near Hollywood, the Tenneco Towers continue to attract many divers as well as becoming a wonderful artificial reef.
TRACY/KEN VITALE- 140' Drug Seizure Freighter, depth 75 feet/23 meters This wreck site is part of a 5 wreck chain including - "Tracy/Ken Vitale", "Jay Scutti", "Pride", "Moonshot" and the "BH Lake". Advanced scooter divers may be able to dive more than one of the wrecks in this chain. Located seaward of Oakland Park Blvd. nearly 6 miles south of Hillsboro Inlet. Depth ranges from 56' on deck to 70' on the bottom.
TRIO BRAVO - 70' Tugboat, depth 145 feet This ice breaking tug was built in Baltimore by the Colombian Iron Works Company. She was built for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1898 and originally named Cumberland. She was 149 feet long, had a 27 foot beam and a 15 foot draft. Some sources say that she served in the North Atlantic during World War II. The Trio Bravo originally sank in Port Everglades in 1981, but she was raised and donated for use as an artificial reef. The Trio Bravo was once again sunk as a reef on December 12, 1982. According to diver Ed Murphy, this wreck now sits upright and intact in 145 feet of water.

 

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