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 The Benwood Wreck

Dive Type:
Wreck Dive
Typical Depth Range: 25 to 50 feet
Expertise Required: Novice to Intermediate

 

Located between French Reef and Dixie Shoals in 25 to 45 feet of water lies the wreck of the Benwood. The Benwood was built in England in 1910 and was a 360 foot long freighter that had a 51 foot beam.

Near Midnight, on the night of April 9, 1942, the Benwood was enroute to Norfolk, Virginia with a load of phosphate rock. Due to the war and the threat of German U-boats in the area the ship was traveling without lights during the night. A ship named the George C. Tuttle, also blacked out, was traveling along the coast enroute to Texas. The ships collided in the night and the Benwood started to take on water. The ship was run aground at her current resting place. The ship was salvaged and then used by the U.S. Army for aerial target practice.

The Benwood is an outstanding wreck dive for the novice to intermediate diver. The ship can be explored with one dive. Keep an eye our for many larger fish such as Nassau grouper and barracuda. There have also been sightings of moray eels camped on the holes in in the depths of the ship.




 

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