We spent last weekend diving in Key Largo with some pretty nasty weather. We managed to get in two day dives and a night dive on Saturday, but had to call the dive on Sunday because of the wind. We did get rained on. And we did have a magnificent time.
Despite the rain we had excellent visibility during the day. At night we didn’t even get rained on, but we did get pummeled with surge as the wind picked up surfacing after the dive. It was still the most fun I’ve ever had on a night dive.
Glow sticks and chicken wings apparently are key necessities for a night dive.
In October we are planning another trip to Key Largo, but this time we are diving some of the popular wrecks in the Upper Keys. On the menu we have the Duane, the Bibb, and the Eagle. I’ve never explored them myself so I’m doing a little research.
The Duane is about 9 miles out, so a 45-60 minutes ride. From there the Eagle is probably another 30 minutes and the Bibb isn’t too far from there.
This 287 foot freighter was sunk in 1985 and lies on her starboard side. The wreck begins at 76 feet and rests at 112 feet. The vessel was actually torn in half during Hurricane Georges in 1998. The halves lie about 100 feet apart.
The Duane was a US Coast Guard Cutter sunk on November 27, 1987. She rests upright in 125 feet of water with the mast peaking at 60 feet; the deck can be observed at 100 feet. This vessel was named after the third Secretary of the US Treasury William John Duane. The Duane’s sister cutter, the Bibb, was sunk one day later.
Sunk on November 28, 1987, the George M. Bibb actually rests on its side at about 85 feet. The bottom-most point is accessible at 100 feet. This is another USCG cutter named after a former secretary of the US Treasury. A “cutter” is what the Coast Guard calls its commissioned vessels.
Here is some more historical information on the Duane and the Bibb:
Here is the event page for the October Dive Trip:
If you’ve ever dove these wrecks, tell me about it in the comments!