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The Almirante is a 200 foot long shipwreck serving as a US Army supply ship during WWII.

Name Dive Site:Almirante
Depth: 108-137ft (33-42m)
Visibility: 9-29ft (3-9m)
Accessibility: Boat, Live-aboard
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The Almirante is a United States army shipwreck that served some of its time as a supply ship during World War II. Most of her time though was served in the Caribbean as a transport ship. She is a 200 foot long steel freighter that was sunk in 1974 as an artificial by the Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) primarily for fishermen. Located just south of Elliot Key she is one of the southernmost dive sites reachable from Miami and one of the northern most from Biscayne National Park.

Completely intact and overgrown with coral until 1992 when hurricane Andrew turned this wreck completely up side down and tore of a lot of its coral. It is not considered intact anymore as Hurricane Andrew scattered parts of twisted metal all around the ship, creating a perfect habitat for small and larger marine fish. After a period of being on the list of endangered species, jewfish have become numerous again with several regular examples living in the deeper compartments of the hull. Nowadays, coral growth has returned with many railings encrusted with red gorgonians and other types of hard and soft coral, making it one of the best known dive sites around the Keys.

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