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The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys. Includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches.
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The German Merchant vessel Rhein Hamburg was built for the Hamburg American lines in 1926. She was 453.8 feet long, had a 58.2 foot beam and displaced 6,031 gross tons.

At the out break of World War II, the Rhein was caught in Mexico. On December 11, 1940, while trying to make a run for Germany, the Rhein was intercepted by the Dutch Navy sloop Van Kinsbergen. There was no chance for the Rhein to out run the faster sloop, so her master set fire to the ship in an effort to scuttle her. Before the Rhein could sink, the British cruiser Caradoc finished her off with her six inch deck guns.

In June of 1991, Captain Billy Deans of Key West Divers ran a five day expedition to recover the ship's bell from the then unidentified wreck. Billy told us that his friend Don Demaria had located the wreck a full year earlier, but because the vessel lay in 250 feet of water, the dive team had to make extensive preparations and plans for the deep water recovery. Billy's seven member team used a special mixture of gas to breath. They cut the bell from the wreck with an underwater torch and filmed and photographed the entire operation for documentation. It was not until the bell was raised and cleaned that the name Rhein Hamburg appeared. Billy's team had positively identified the wreck. Billy called to inform us of the recent discovery and in turn we contacted marine historian Bill Schell who was responsible for researching her history.

Basic shipwreck information and images for this section of this site was taken with permission from the book Florida Shipwrecks by Daniel Berg. You are invited to submit your shipwreck related articles, images and information. As long as the text, photographs, sketches etc are of professional quality we will showcase them. Full credit will be provided and a same page link to your web site can be arranged.

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By Dan and Denise Berg, 180 pages. Shipwrecks are an important complement to the natural coral reefs as a sport diving attraction in Florida. From the barley discernable ballast piles of the 1733 fleet to the almost perfectly intact modern ships sunk specifically as artificial reefs throughout the state, shipwrecks inspire an aura of mystery and fascination. Florida Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the shipwrecks around the state of Florida. This downloadable ebook contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 235 shipwrecks. Florida Shipwrecks includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches. Divers , snorkelers, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history diving or the sea will surely find this ebook fascinating, as well as indispensable.


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