The Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys

Historical shipwrecks are scattered throughout the Florida Keys, and local dive communities with the assistance of the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council have intentionally sunk some ships that have become amazing artificial reefs. Donated ships must first be cleaned of oil and other pollutants as well as contaminants such as fire-retardant paint containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Then the ships are made safe for diver access before sinking them in a manner prescribed as safe for marine life and coral reefs.