Shipwreck trail of Florida Keys National Marine
FKNMS Shipwreck Trail
Indiana University's ongoing field investigations provide the
basis for this World Wide Web tour of selected shipwrecks and historic
sites of the Florida Keys. The ships listed below constitute the backbone of the FKNMS Shipwreck Trail established by the Sanctuary to protect historical and ma
rine resources off Florida's coast. All of the sites are easily accessible by
local charter boat operators. However, these are important underwater
resources so please remember to "take only photos and leave only
as Florida's Second Underwater Shipwreck Park on April 1, 1989, the 1733 San
Pedro shipwreck is one of Florida's oldest artificial reefs.
Famous for its role in the Spanish American War, the ship was built in 1877 as a cargo and passenger transport vessel travelling for 40 years between New York and Havana Cuba, Progreso and Campeche, Mexico before she ran aground off Fl
- The site of a
Norwegian freighter which collided with another vessel during World War
II, the Benwood is among the most dived upon shipwrecks in the world.
The 327 foot ship was launched on June 3, 1936 as a search and rescue and law enforcement vessel. Decomissioned on August 1,1985 as the oldest active U.S. military vessel she offers a unique oppportunity for underwater exploration.
Built in 1962 in Holland, she was a hull freighter that caught fire on her route to Venezuela in 1985. She was towed to Miami where the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Association (FKARA) bought her with the explicit purpose to create an a
For additional information and materials about the Shipwreck Trail contact
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida's
Bureau of Archaeological Research.
Underwater Science Program
Last updated: 25 October 2000
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