USCG Duane 2


The USCG Duane was a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter launched in 1936 as a search and rescue and law enforcement vessel. This 327ft ship saw action in WWII and the Vietnam War, and was put down as an artificial reef in the mid 80s. The main deck of the Duane is at roughly 100ft, while the crow’s nest reaches up to nearly 70ft. The hull structure is completely intact with the original rudders, screws, railings, ladders and ports. The Duane is closer to the Gulf Stream than most adjacent wrecks, which provides for exceptional visibility. Many divers call this a perfect wreck dive, due to the extensive coral growth and wildlife found on the ship. The USCG Duane is a must dive for scuba enthusiasts visiting the Florida Keys.

Type
Wreck

Skill Level
Advanced

Average Depth
95ft (25m)

Max Depth
130ft (40m)

Snorkeling
No

Dangers
Current

Latitude
24.98970000

Longitude
-80.38208333

Type of Ship
US Coast Guard Cutter

Built
May 1, 1935

Commissioned
August 1, 1936

Sunk
November 27, 1987

Depth to Top
65ft

Depth to Deck
110ft

Map

Mooring Buoy Map of the USCG Duane

mooring buoy map courtesy of NOAA


Boone

About Boone

Jason Boone created Dive Documentaries to inspire viewers to care about the Florida Keys underwater world through education, exploration and storytelling. He has a BA in Television Production and an MA in Digital Journalism and Design, and a passion for short-form documentary filmmaking. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery, Current TV and Yahoo!.


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