Vessel Name: Catherine
Vessel Type: 200′ 3 Masted Ship
Location: 30 18.710’N, 87 15.940’W
Sunk: August 1894
Diving Level: Open Water Diver
Popularity: Seldom Dove
Diving the Catherine
The Catherine was a three-masted ship built in Canada in 1869 and restored in 1870 under the name Eliza. She was nearly 200 feet long and over 30 feet in beam. She was sold to a Norwegian firm in 1890 and continued as a merchant vessel, but under the new name of Cathrine.
In August of 1894, the Catherine ran aground offshore of Santa Rosa Island. Her crew of 17 was safely rescued but the boat was too damaged to ever sail again. Some fittings and riggings were removed by salvors before the surf finally pulled the vessel underwater. She now rests in about 15 feet of water, 1000 feet out from the old coast guard station. A 30-foot section of bronze-plated hull is usually visible as it protrudes about five feet out of the sand. The amount of debris visible nearby changes as storms and tides move the sand.
Getting to the Dive Site
The Catherine is a beach dive, but also a in-shore dive and is located about 100 feet from the old coast guard tower in Fort Pickens in about 15′ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 18.710’N and 87 15.940’W to navigate towards the wreck.
Marine life seen around the Catherine
When diving the wreck you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
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There are many other types of marine life that are around the wreck, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.