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Dives off Islamorada

The Eagle

This ship was built in Holland in 1962, where it originally held a different name. The name sequence is interesting, as follows:

  • the Raila Dan
  • Barok
  • Carmela
  • Ytai Carigulf Pioneer
  • Aaron K.
  • Eagle
She's 269 feet long with a 40-foot beam. Her final run was in 1985 when she was being used to transport paper and cardboard to Latin America. A fire damaged parts of the ship and she was towed back to Miami, then cleaned up and sunk off the coast of Islamorada.

The ship had been carefully prepped for divers, with big spaces cut in the side of the ship to serve as exit routes for divers entering the ship, but the sinking went wrong and it landed on the side with the holes! Expert divers can try and navigate the open doors and explosive holes, but if you aren't an advance diver, hire a guide to take you there.

The Eagle is located five nautical miles off the shores of Islamorada and depths range from 70 to 110 feet. Visibility is usually from 40 to 70 feet and if the Gulf Stream is close, the visibility gets better. Current ranges from almost none to very stront, and is determined by the Gulf Stream so there's no way to predict the strength.

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