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DIVE PLAN: World War II German Submarine U-333 Victims

22FEBRUARY2020: Saturday 9:00am: Stuart: Stuart Scuba 

DIVE INFO: Check in at 8:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 772-600-8288

ADDRESS: Pirate’s Cove Marina, 4307 SE Bayview St, Stuart, FL 34997

WEBSITE: stuartscuba.com

DIVE #1: HALSEY (80’) The SS Halsey is a 435’ freighter built in 1920. In 1942, she was headed to New York from Texas with a cargo of 80,000 barrels of fuel oil, gasoline and naphtha. Just before dawn as the ship moved north along the coast of Florida, she was struck amidships on her port side by a torpedo for the German submarine U-333. After the initial explosion the Halsey split in half and burst into flames. All 32 of her crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were later towed to Gilbert Bar Coast Guard Station by a local fishing boat. The crew had been nearly asphyxiated by the toxic naphtha fumes. As a side note the U-333 (Fiedler) was sunk in July of 1944, by the HMS Starling off Sicily Isles. The wreck is broken into three pieces with her bow upright and her anchors in place. Swimming aft, large sections of wreckage provide interesting swim-throughs. The keel of the hull gradually slopes down and disappears into the bottom. The large and mostly intact stern section is in in-line with the keel but separated by 60’ of sand. Turtles and eagle rays make frequent visits to this site and divers should also take note of various patches of debris found off the main wreck site. The site is also known as Two Freighters and Southeast Wreck. There is a small landing craft inshore in 35-feet of water and in between the Halsey and the Amazone are the remains of a crane and four barges. The crane and barges were in the process of salvaging the Halsey when they got caught in a storm and sunk.

DIVE #2: AMAZONE (90’) This 225’ Dutch freighter was built in 1922, but while carrying cargo along the US coast, hostilities led to the outbreak of WWII. As a result, she stayed stateside and was re-painted, equipped with life rafts, and outfitted with a 3.7” stern gun for defense. In 1942 she left Curacao and Haiti bound for New York with her holds full of coffee, sisal, cocoa, dried orange peel, oil burners and mail. On May sixth, torpedoes from the German submarine U-333 inflicted crippling damage and as fire spread across the ship, the order was given to abandon the ship. Twenty crew members survived, but fourteen perished in the attack and sinking. The wreck of the Amazone was the twelfth victim in nine days and had now become a navigational hazard. She was both wire-dragged and leveled with explosives by the US Coast Guard soon later. Today the bow is easily identifiable with her anchors in place. Amidships, the boilers can be found buried in the sand with the engine just aft. From this point divers can follow shaft alley to the stern, which rests upended and stripped of her screw. Marine life is abundant and string rays can often be found in the sand. While small and of low relief, this wreck site is an entertaining dive.

 

DIVE PLAN: World War II Warships

23FEBRUARY2020: Sunday 9:00am: Stuart: Stuart Scuba 

DIVE INFO: Check in at 8:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 772-600-8288

ADDRESS: Pirate’s Cove Marina, 4307 SE Bayview St, Stuart, FL 34997

WEBSITE: stuartscuba.com

DIVE #1: USS RANKIN (135’) Commissioned in 1945, this 460’ Tolland Class attack cargo ship (AKA-103) was designed to carry troops, landing craft and supplies. She was involved in both the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns during WWII. In 1958, the Rankin participated in the amphibious force that landed 5,000 U.S. marines at Beirut, Lebanon at the request from the Lebanese Government to avert a civil war. She also operated in Cuban waters during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ultimately, she was scuttled six miles off St. Lucie Inlet in 1988 as an artificial reef. In 2004, Hurricane Francis significantly impacted the wreck by breaking the vessel in half and devastating the forward sections. However, the stern section remains largely intact. Divers reach the wreck's superstructure at 70 feet, while her main deck is at 95 feet. Because of the location of the wreck, dive conditions vary a great deal. Sometimes the current from the flowing gulf stream can make it difficult for divers to explore the wreck comfortably, but on other dives the current may be slight. The visibility here is often excellent, and a wide assortment of sea life frequents the area.

DIVE #2: DAVID T (80’) Originally built as a US Navy Landing Craft Repair Ship, this 200-foot long converted freighter was sunk as an artificial reef off Fort Pierce in 1982. Some say that too many explosives were used, and the vessel was actually blown apart instead of sinking intact. The wreck is now scattered in 80 feet of water.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 8th Annual Key Largo Winter Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2020 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

03APRIL2020: Friday 6:30pm: Key Largo: REEF Headquarters

ADDRESS: 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

04APRIL2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Key Largo: Sharkey’s Pub & Galley Restaurant

ADDRESS: 522 Caribbean Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Saturday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Saturday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE - Miami Lionfish Derby Series

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

01MAY2020: Friday 6:30pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

02MAY2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                               

     Saturday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE – 2nd Annual Key West Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

22MAY2020: Friday 6:30pm: Key West: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

23MAY2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Key West: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Saturday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE - Miami Lionfish Derby Series

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

19JUNE2020: Friday 6:30pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

20JUNE2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Saturday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2020 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

17JULY2020: Friday 6:30pm: Fort Lauderdale: 15th Street Fisheries

ADDRESS: 1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

18JULY2020 THRU 19JULY2020: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Islamorada: Founder’s Park

ADDRESS: 1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Sunday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE - Miami Lionfish Derby Series

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

14AUGUST2020: Friday 6:30pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

15AUGUST2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                               

     Saturday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 11th Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival & 2020 Series Finale

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2020 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

11SEPTEMBER2020: Friday 6:30pm: Islamorada: Postcard Inn Resort & Marina

ADDRESS: 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAY

12SEPTEMBER2020 THRU 13SEPTEMBER2020: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Islamorada: Postcard Inn Resort & Marina

ADDRESS: 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Sunday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm