The Duane was a US Coast Guard Cutter sunk on November 27, 1987. She rests upright in 125 feet of water, according to the Interwebs, (although I stuck my dive computer on the bottom and only read 121) 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.
When I wrote about this trip in an earlier post, we had originally planned to do the Tons of Steel with Captain Slate. We would have hit up a few other wrecks in the area, but due to logistics we had to reconfigure the trip. We drove five hours to Key Largo from St. Pete, straight to the dock and did a night dive complete with glow sticks and a tiny buddha statue.
The following morning we rose with the sun and set onward to dive the Duane. I would have a nice, edited video to show you. Truly, I would. Except I was using my new SeaLife dive camera and managed to delete everything off of the camera before I could upload any of the files. We were able to recover the photos, but the video is gone. Forever. $%#&.
So, we just have to go back! 🙂
I dove with an aluminum 63 cuf on air. On the next wreck dive I’ll use an 80 with 32% Nitrox. I felt like I hardly saw the wreck. Granted, we all used a little more air than we had expected to, I think. The water was super choppy, my buddy was sick, and I couldn’t equalize my ear. All in all, though, I seriously can’t wait to dive it again. I’m excited to dive the Lady Luck in Pompano Beach later this month. There are some great videos on YouTube. I’ll have my own, soon, if I can keep all my files together!
There were TONS of fish on the wreck. Some barracuda kept their eyes on us while we explored the stern and portside. There was a spot with plenty of room to enter without really risking bumping into something – there were lots of smaller spots that I was tempted to poke my head into, but thought better of it. Plenty of excellent photo opportunities. The tanker didn’t originally sit upright, but it was moved into its current position during a hurricane.
A friend was kind enough to allow me to use his photos to share. The following gallery is a combination of his photos and the ones we were able to retrieve from my camera.
Have you ever dove the Duane? or another wreck? Comment below and tell me all about it. Also, if you subscribe on YouTube you’ll be the first to know when I post my first video using my SeaLife camera!