Dive Type: Wreck Dive
Typical Depth Range: 25 to 40
Expertise Required: Novice
of Washington lies in 20-35 feet of water just
offshore of Elbow reef. This wreck is known for
exceptionally clear waters and an abundant and
friendly fish population which makes it an
excellent backdrop for underwater photography.
The City of Washington was built in 1887 as two-masted
sailing vessel, two years later she was refitted
with a steam engine. The ship was used as a
passenger and cargo ship until she was retired
from service in 1908.
In 1911 the ship was converted to a coal
transport barge and while being towed on July
10, 1917, the City of Washington ran aground on
Elbow Reef and was a total loss.
You will see many smaller
species of fish among the wrecks. Other common
sea life include deep purple sea fans and
conchs. Lobster is also a frequent dweller of