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The inner structure of Chickasaw is completely open and often crowded with schools of baitfish.

Name Dive Site:Chickasaw
Depth: 68-78ft (21-24m)
Visibility: 19-49ft (6-15m)
Accessibility: Boat
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This steel hulled tugboat that cruised under the name Chickasaw was originally built for the United States army in 1908, Pensacola. They used the 110 foot long tug for engineering projects such as the construction of the St Andrews jetties. After the Second World War it was used for towing ships by a company named Sherman Towing who renamed the ship to Sherman VI. After that she changed ownership many times until she was finally sold to a professional fisherman that prepared the wreck to be scuttled in deep waters to create an excellent fishing ground full of fish. Luckily for diving enthusiasts she sank premature when she was towed to her final resting place. A pump failure caused its sinking and dropped her in waters less than one hundred feet deep. Nowadays she is located at only three miles east of the entrance with St Andrews, near the SAB buoy, known by charter boats.

The inner structure of this wreck is completely gone leaving only its skeleton left for divers to explore. Its engine compartment can be accessed by trained divers and is besides marine life the only interesting sight at the wreck. At times it can be swarmed with schools of baitfish. This close to shore it is a perfect dive site with reasonable visibility and enough aquatic life for an entertaining dive.

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