Florida Keys Most Popular Dive & Snorkeling Sites

Upper Keys

The Duane Wreck

This wreck is approximately 1 mile South of Molasses reef around 6 miles offshore at MM 100 in the Florida Keys.

Sister ship to the Bibb, the Duane was built in 1935. The ship is 327 feet long with a 41 foot beam. The Duane served as a US Coast Guard Cutter, patrolling offshore in Florida during WW II, in Europe during the invasion of France, and then the coast of Vietnam. She was decommissioned in 1985.

A group of dive shops and other organizations arranged for the Duane and the Bibb to be stripped and prepared as artificial reefs and dive sites. The doors were removed above the main deck and the lower compartments were sealed. Both ships were sunk in 1987.

The Duane sits upright in 120 feet of water. Like the Bibb wreck, the current here is usually very bad. This dive is for an advanced or technical diver only. Like all deep dives, divers should always descend and ascend holding onto the line.

If you're lucky enough to visit the Duane on a good day, this site is one of the most spectacular dives in the Florida Keys. The hull is heavily encrusted with corals. Large animals like jewfish, cobia, turtles, big amberjacks, barracuda, angelfish are usually around the wreck.

There are entry points to the wreck if you are certified as a wreck diver. Large animals are often inside the wreck. There is a large circular hatch on the forward deck where the ammunition storage area of the gun turret was. There is wheelhouse in the middle - don't miss that.

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