Three Coal Barges
In 1974, Three Coal Barges were sunk about 3 miles southeast of Pensacola Pass. Originally designated for an offshore reef location, during transport the barges broke free and were sunk at there current location by the US Navy before they washed ashore. The years have taken their toll on the barges, however they now lie in several broken pieces surrounded by a field of bridge rubble which was placed around the site to rejuvenate it. Three Coal Barges is part of the Florida Shipwreck Trail
Diving the Three Coal Barges
This shallow wreck is a popular dive site for divers of all experience levels with depths around 50′.
Getting to the Three Coal Barges
The barges is a in-shore dive and is located about 3 miles from Pensacola Beach in about 50′ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 17.450′ N and 87 13.257′ W to navigate towards the barges. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the Three Coal Barges
When diving the barges you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Red Snapper
- Sea Cucumber
- Gray Triggerfish
- Moon Jellyfish
- Bandtail Pufferfish
- Gray Angelfish
- Cocoa Damselfish
- Sand Dollar
- Spotfin Butterflyfish
- Gulf Flounder
There are many other types of marine life that are around the barges, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.