Hydro Atlantic near Fort Lauderdale, FL
Originally built in 1905 for the US Army Corps of Engineers by Maryland Steel Corporation, the ship was named the Delaware. Over time she went through a few owners until 1968 when she was sold to Hydromar Corporation and renamed Hydro Atlantic. Her last voyage was in 1987 when she was being towed to a Texas salvage yard when the ships hull gave out and she sank to her final resting place and avoiding the cutters. This area is considered an advanced dive, but offers an amazing time. The deck is approximately 135 feet underwater which makes the dive more difficult. Due to the depth dives are about 25-30 minutes. Due to the strong current, divers have reported lots of large amberjacks and other pelagic fish. The scene underwater is beautiful and breathtaking as nature has reclaimed this wreck. Coral covers everything in sight, and fish swim in and out of view. The area is also popular with the fishing crowd. The wreckage has drawn in lots of oceanic life and provides abundant catches. Divers should be aware that due to the fishing, lots of monofilament fishing line which can be dangerous.
For those who love time in the oceans and exploring the entirely different world it offers, this stop is one of the best.