Shipwreck trail is a combination of twelve dive sites located throughout northwest Florida. In the Pensacola area we have five of the dive sites. These sites range from 45′ to over 100′ in depth depending upon the location you are diving.
Location: Latitude 30 17.450′ N Longitude 87 13.257′ W
In 1974, the 3 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.
Location: Latitude 30 08.760′ N Longitude 87 14.020′ W
The Pete Tide II is a 180′ former oil field supply boat that was sunk as an artificial reef in 1993. This fully intact wreck is one of the most popular sites in the area and always has a plethora of marine life surrounding it. The pilot house at the top of the structure sits at about 60′ with a max depth of around 100′ to the sand.
Location: Latitude 30 11.333′ N Longitude 87 13.057′ W
There was a lot of mystery behind the sinking of the San Pablo in August 1944 which led to the local name of The Russian Freighter. While not Russian or a freighter, the San Pablo actually spent her life as a fruit transport ship running from Central America to the United States. Recently declassified documents revealed that the San Pablo was sunk by the US Military with a top secret experimental weapon system using a radio controlled boat carrying explosives. Home to an impressive variety of marine life the wreckage is spread out over a large 300′ X 40′ area.
Location: Latitude 30 05.330′ N Longitude 87 09.640′ W
YDT-14 is one of two US Navy diving tenders that were sunk in April 2000 as artificial reefs. The YDT-14 is 132′ long with a 30′ beam and remains mostly intact with the upper structure starting at around 65′ with a max depth of around 100′. This site is located roughly 18 miles southeast of Pensacola Pass.
Location: Latitude 30 2.550′ N Longitude 87 0.383′ W
On May 17, 2006 the 911′ US Aircraft Carrier was sunk approximately 22.5 miles southeast of Pensacola pass making it the world’s largest intentionally-created artificial reef. Nicknamed “The Mighty O” and “The Great Carrier Reef” USS Oriskany is truly a world class dive. The massive carrier lays in 212′ of water with the top of the “island” sitting at around 84′. The wreck is a habitat for all kinds of marine life from small tropical fish such as blennies, damselfish and angelfish to large game fish such as snapper, grouper and massive amberjack. Pelagic fish species can sometimes be spotted racing by and even whale sharks and manta rays have been spotted cruising around the tower of the carrier.