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Diving this search and rescue operation boat the Robert Edmister is one of the best wreck experiences in Fort Lauderdale.
|Name Dive Site:||Robert Edmister or Cape Gull|
|Depth: ||49-72ft (15-22m)|
|Accessibility: ||Boat, Live-aboard|
|Inserted/Added by: ||lars, © Author: Lars Hemel|
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The Robert Edmister, originally known as the Cape Gull, was a 95 foot long steel United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter built in Maryland in 1953, located at less than a mile offshore Fort Lauderdale. She was used as a search and rescue operation boat as well as a drugs interception patrol boat for the coastguard. In 1984 she sank because of fire and she was sold to Dale Scutti, a business man living in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Dale Scutti bought the boat in memory of his friends Robert Edmister, a great person doing all in his power for a better environment. On December 11, 1989 the Gape Gull was renamed to Robert Edmister and was scuttled at only a few hundred yards south of the Jay Scutti, which was another ship bought by him for his sun Jay.
Three other nearby wrecks can be explored during the same dive, all of them hardly recognizable anymore. To the southwest is a pleasure yacht named the Cindy Rosham while right next to its bow you will find a small tugboat named Paul Sherman. Our House III is a 120 foot long motor yacht built in 1947 which sank in 1993 at only 100 feet south of the Robert Edmister. When currents are right it is possible to take a quick look at this wreck as well.
Nowadays the Robert Edmister lies a bit to its starboard side in a sandy area with its top deck and wheelhouse located at only 50 feet deep. All its deck and railings are completely encrusted in different types of coral which have attracted many larger and smaller fish. This is a perfect dive suitable for novice wreck divers with safe and easy penetration possibilities as well.
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