FLORIDA KEYS Shipwrecks USS S-16 Submarine Wreck Key West
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U.S.S. S-16 Key West

The submarine S-16 was built by Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was laid down on March 19, 1918, launched on December 23, 1919, and commissioned on December 17, 1920. The S-16 was 231 feet long, had a 21 foot beam and a 13 foot draft. She was attached to the Subdivision 18 and operated around California, the Hawaiian and Philippine islands. The S-16 was decommissioned on May 22, 1935. She was re commissioned on December 2, 1940, and made cruises to Bermuda, St. Thomas and the Panama Canal. She was once again decommissioned on October 4, 1944, and was sunk by the Navy as an experiment on April 3, 1945, off Key West. 

According to diver Gary Gentile, author of the book ADVANCED WRECK DIVING GUIDE, who was one of the first divers to visit this wreck, she has a 15 degree starboard list. Otherwise she has remained upright and intact in 250 feet of water. Gary reports that the wreck is beautifully encrusted with coral. The S-16 sits 20 miles southwest of Key West, but because of her extreme depth, she is rarely visited by divers.

Photo: The U.S.S. S-16 was 231 feet long, and had a 13 foot draft. Photo courtesy U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Captain Billy Deans displays telegraphs he recovered from the S-16. Photo by Mark Nease.

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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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