Wracks (wrecks)

Neues Wrack Miracle of Life (new wreck)

Am 06.06.09 war es so weit, die Miracle of Life wurde vor Pompano versenkt. Bilder und ein kurzes Video vom Versenken findet Ihr am Schluß des Artikels

Finally the Miracle of Life was sunk off Pompano in Florida. Pics and a short video of the sinking can be found at the end of the article


Lat 26 19.162 Lon 80 03.198 Lat (Bow) Lat 26 19.180 Lon 80 03.195 (Stern) A 170-foot off-shore supply Vessel was sunk in 142 feet of water on June, 06 2009. It was sunk as an artificial reef, most of its superstructure has been dismantled or cut away to make safe for divers. The top of wheelhouse is about 100 feet and next level where the statue of angel 14 feet tall weighting 3500 Lbs made of bronze is about 110 feet deep. Deck of the vessel 120 feet and wreck penetration only for experienced and trained divers. This dive is deep and all trained recreation divers should not exceed 130 feet and the suggest mix for this site is 28% Nitrox.

The idea of placing a shipwreck off of Deerfield Beach started nine years ago. As I see it, as a dive store owner, we can do a better job by creating more artificial reefs to benefit the environment and also our local economy. I tried the first time in conjunction with the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the annual Beach Blowout, Jim Mathie, and assistance of Ray McAllister. A couple of times we got very close to acquire a ship to make artificial reefs but weve had problems with the permits and coordinating the local government. This time, we have every thing in place. As you see in the picture below, we are off Deerfield Beach, [picture taken by local media newspaper, the Observer.

pavan, Ray and Jim
Photo: Arilton Pavan (Dixie Divers)
Ray McAllister and Jim Mathie
Pavan,Chad, Ken and Craig
„The Team“ – Arilton Pavan (Dixie Divers)
Chad Grecsek (Deerfield Beach) Ken Banks
(Broward County) Craig Ash (Cepemar)
Pavan,Chad, Ken and Craig
Photo:Arilton Pavan (Dixie Divers)
Chad Grecsek (City Deerfield Beach)
Craig Ash (Cepemar)
and US Customs Agents (Miami).
Pavan chad Craig US Costums
Photo:Environmental Cleaning
Contractor working on the vessel.

This time I tried a different approach by working with the city instead of directing towards the county itself. After getting all the

support from the city, we started coordinating with Ken Banks, the Coordinator from Broward County Artificial Reefs, and Carmen of Palm Beach County. The most important approach was getting the City of Deerfield Beach behind and supporting our idea, this way is a quicker response to the needs of our government representation. I, Pavan, believe the idea of this first shipwreck is just the start of a massive endeavor of achievements as persuasion to get more large ships to this area by increasing the number of artificial reefs off Deerfield. This attracts more divers and fisherman alike. This will help the local hotels, restaurants and small businesses in general by bringing more people to this area to enjoy the more attractions. As the city of Deerfield Beach did a study, where it shows it will stimulate the economy by increasing the figures of money spent in the Deerfield area with this study supporting us. I really believe, with support from the community, city volunteers and charitable donations we can turn some old, rusted ship bounded with the use of drug smugglers and bearing illegal drugs into a new habitat for marine life and help the local economy at the same time.

History of Project ShipwreckMiss Lourdies ( Miracle of Life)

June 29th, 2008- U.S Customs and Border Patrol seized a vessel with 154 kilos of cocaine aboard the 165-foot freighter named Miss Lourdies. The vessel was confiscated by U.S customs.

US Customs and Border Patrol agents doing a random inspection Thursday (26 June) found more than 150 kilos of cocaine inside a freighter on the Miami River. Agents who randomly inspect ships docked at the Port of Miami and on the Miami River noticed an irregular noise when they tapped on the hull of the Haitian freighter near the 2200 block of Northwest South River Drive. When they broke through the wall, the agents found a steel compartment that was bolted shut and filled with 154 kilos of cocaine.

„It’s a significant find. We used to have a lot of activity like this on the river,“ Mann said. „It just goes to show you that we’re still out here looking, and today was a very significant day in that we found a large quantity of cocaine and we’ve taken it off the streets.“

October 6th, 2008- Ken Banks contacted Pavan, owner of Dixie Divers, to let him know there is a possible vessel available in Miami.

November 16th, 2008- Dan Fasano committed to help pay for the cost of cleaning the new shipwreck.

December 2nd, 2008- Deerfield Beach city commissioners voted accepting the ship to make it an artificial reef of Deerfield Beach with no cost to the city.

March 13th, 2009- Contract signed between stakeholders, Dixie Divers A. Pavan (financial provider), Chad Grecsek City of Deerfield Beach (government agency) and Bruce Sugar Bunnell Foundation, Inc. Environment Cleaning Contractor.

March 20th, 2009- Vessel was transferred from U.S Customs to the City of Deerfield Beach and later to the Bunnell Foundation, Inc. Environmental Cleaning Contractor on port on Miami River.

June 6th,2009 sinking of the vessel

Hier einkurzes Video vom Versenken
Here you can see the sinking of the Miracle of Life


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Hier ein kurzes Video vom Wrack:

here a short video of the wreck



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Mittwoch, Juni 17th, 2009 Wracks (wrecks) 5 Comments

New reef Vandenberg

Endlich, nach mehr als einem Jahrzehnt der Vorbereitung is es vollbracht. Die General Hoyt S. Vandenberg ist versenkt.

Finally, after more than a decade of work the Vandenberg is the newest artificial reef off Key West

Hier ein paar Fotos (zum Vergrößern bitte anklicken) / here some photos (click to enlarge)

oder hier die Videos auf YouTube

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Samstag, Mai 30th, 2009 Wracks (wrecks) 5 Comments

Vandenberg News 25.05.09

Carmen keeps us updated, thanks for the info, hope everything will work like planned!

Carmen hält uns auf dem laufenden. Hier ein kurzes update, Versenken geplant für übermorgen: Mittwoch 27.05.09

Carmen Powers has sent you the following story:

Tom, Only 48 hours until the Vandenberg will go down. Watch it on the web, Wednesday May, 27th. Carmen I plan to send pictures!

VANDENBERG COUNTDOWN: And down she goes! (hopefully). Go to the News section for complete coverage

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Posted – Saturday, May 23, 2009 11:00 AM EDT



Onlookers watch as the the retired U.S. missile tracking ship arrives in Key West on April 22 after the ship was towed from a Norfolk, Va., shipyard.

A decade in the works. More than $8 million spent to get it done. A last-minute save by a local bank when a federal judge ordered it sold at public auction.

And Wednesday morning, it could all be over in less than four minutes.

That’s when the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg is scheduled to be scuttled seven miles off Key West — and that’s how long it’s estimated for the 522-foot former military vessel to sink and settle in as an artificial reef.

„This project has taken a long time and there were an amazing array of ever-smaller and ever-more flaming hoops that we were made to jump through. And the project literally was sunk a million times,“ says Joe Weatherby, a Key West dive captain who envisioned the Vandenberg scuttling more than a decade ago.

„It should all go the way it’s supposed to go for the first time in 10 years,“ says Weatherby, who works for the New Jersey-based Reefmakers LLC.

Weather permitting, it starts Tuesday morning, when tugboats, along with pilot and tender boats, guide the Vandenberg from her berthing at the East Quay Wall at the Truman Waterfront to a point about seven miles south of Key West International Airport.

In transit, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Key West Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, will maintain a 500-yard perimeter around the behemoth.

That perimeter will remain intact once the Vandenberg arrives at the sink location. Four huge anchors, about eight tons apiece, will secure the former military ship to the ocean floor, 140 feet beneath the surface.

Wednesday morning, plans call for the ship to be scuttled right around 10 a.m. (however, weather and other factors could delay it).

FWC officers will extend the security perimeter to a 1-mile radius around the ship for the sinking and the Federal Aviation Administration will issue a flight restriction for a 1-mile radius and 12,500 feet above the ship

Pre-rigged cutting charges will blast holes in the hull and water pressure will push the cutouts inside the ship. Then the ship will be rushed with water and go down — if all goes to plan.

In 2002, nothing went to plan.

The 510-foot Spiegel Grove, also an artificial reef, flooded and went down off Key Largo three hours earlier than planned — and ended up upside down. Marine salvors managed to get it on its side — and it was finally righted only through the wave power created by Hurricane Dennis in July 2005.

Once the Vandenberg is down, queue the clearance dive teams, led by former Florida Keys Community College dive professor and Artificial Reefs of the Keys board member Bob Smith.

Smith will lead two teams of clearance/safety divers. The first will go down to ensure all of the cutting charges detonated by, essentially, counting the holes. A second team of divers will examine the ship’s superstructure to make sure nothing shifted in the course of the scuttling.

Officials expect the clearance process to be fairly smooth and over in a day. Then, officials from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will install mooring buoys around the wreck.

After that, the Vandenberg is officially open to recreational divers.

The final price tag is $8.6 million. Funding came from the city of Key West, Monroe County, state agencies, the U.S. Maritime Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and private donors.

First State Bank of the Florida Keys, BB&T and Orion banks provided financing.

„Given the proximity to the shore, the clear water and the zip code, I think it’s a home-run combination,“ Weatherby says. „We’ll see the economic impact immediately and permanently. As far as overhead goes, this is it.“

Dear Tom,

It has been busy in the dive business lately and sometimes that is the only place I can write a quick note! Following are a few of the last pics of Vandenberg before she goes out to sea for her final journey. How exciting!!!

Notice the Conch Republic Flag flying from the bow!


Ausserdem hier noch ein kurzer link der einem ermöglicht live dabei zu sein:

Here a link where you can watch online while the ship is sinking!


Montag, Mai 25th, 2009 Wracks (wrecks) 7 Comments

Loredan (shot down by the sub Safari P211)

Die Loredan war ein bewaffnetes Frachtschiff, das Anfang April 1943 zusammen mit der Isonzo und der Entella im Convoi von Cagliari nach Madalena fuhr, doch alle drei sollten ihr Ziel nicht erreichen.
Das englische U-Boot Safari war seit längerem im Mittelmeer um Sardinien herum im Einsatz und schoss alle drei Frachter am 10.04.1943 hintereinander ab.
Heute liegt die Loredan vor dem Cap von Torre delle Stelle in max. 68 Meter Wassertiefe.
Ihr Rumpf ist herrlich mit Gorgononien bewachsen. Im Inneren finden sich in den Laderäumen tausende von Gamberonis, die sich im Lichtkegel der Lampen feuerrot gegen die rostigen Eisenstrukturen abheben.

The Loredan was an armed Italian freighter travelling in April 1943 together with two other freighters, the Isonzo and the Entella, from Cagliari to Madalena (south of Sardinia).

The British Sub Safari crossed their way and shot all three vessels down on April 10th, 1943.

Today the Loredan rests in 220ft of water off the coast near Torre delle Stelle. Her hull is beautiful decorated with colorful gorgonias and inhabited by thousands of Gamberoni.

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Freitag, Mai 22nd, 2009 Wracks (wrecks) 3 Comments

Thunderbolt ( USS Randolph / ACM 15 )

Die USS Randolph wurde 1942 als Minenleger für die Army´s Coast Artillery Corps zum Verlegen von Minen vor der Westküste der USA eingesetzt. Später folgten zivile Einsätze bei der Suche nach Ölfeldern und letztendlich diente sie als stationärer „Blitzableiter“ bei der Erforschung und künstlichen Herbeiführung von Blitzeinschlägen, woher sich dann auch ihr Name ableitet

Heute liegt sie in 40 m Wassertiefe vor der Küste von Marathon, Florida.

The USS Randolph and 15 identical sister ships were supposed to lay minefields off the US Westcoast in 1942. Later she became famous for the research of lightnings, this resulting in her final name: Thunderbolt.

Today she rests in 120ft of water off Marathon, Florida

Sonntag, Mai 17th, 2009 Wracks (wrecks) 9 Comments



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