Now this is pretty sweet — The Florida Department of State’s Underwater Archaeology Team in partnership with Panhandle waterfront communities recently announced the opening of the “Shipwreck Trail.” It consists of twelve wrecks located off Pensacola, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe. As a group they offer divers quite the range of historical and ecological diversity. Wrecks include the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, the largest artificial reef in the world, a Navy dive tender, oilfield supply vessels, a freighter,coal barges, tugboats, a World War II minesweeper and the steamer Vamar, which was made famous as a support ship for Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1928 Antarctic expedition and sank under mysterious circumstances in 1942.
Designed “to stimulate tourism and educate people about Florida’s history,” the trail has definitely inspired me to take my first underwater foray into the Gulf.
To learn more about the wrecks and how to dive them check out their fantastic website.