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Diving at dive site Biscayne or Banana Freighter, a wreck made famous because of its secret scuttling.

Name Dive Site:Biscayne or Banana Freighter
Depth: 42-59ft (13-18m)
Accessibility: Boat, Live-aboard
Inserted/Added by: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

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The Biscayne Wreck is a 120 foot long freighter carrying bananas between the Caribbean and Central America. Often referred to as the Banana Wreck or Banana Freighter, she was one of Miami's first artificial reefs which sank in December 1974 at 4.5 miles east of Key Biscayne. It was a fisherman who bought it for himself and who had plans to scuttle it in waters of 250 foot deep to create the perfect fishing location only he knew. When her hatch doors were opened and she was ready to sink, King Neptune decided otherwise. It took ages before she went down which gave the strong winds enough time to blow her shoreward until she finally sank in waters of only 55 feet deep. Its story continues as its location remained secret until 1980 when it was rediscovered. What had to be a fisherman's paradise has now become one of the must dives for divers around the world.

Hurricane Andrew separated the stern from the rest of the coral encrusted hull. Fish life is phenomenon with schools of fish so large that they hide the wreck at times. Huge moray eels live throughout the wreck, its large cargo holds are often full of baitfish and being such as shallow and easy dive site it is perfect for night dives as well.

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U S Dental Diving Ass'n
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Boca Raton, Florida

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