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The Ancient Mariner was an ex-Coast Guard vessel called Nemises, named after the Greek goddess of vengeance. The Nemises was built as a Prohibition Runner by Marritte Mfg. Company in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia. Her keel was laid on November 17, 1933; she was launched on July 7, 1934, and was commissioned on October 10. The Nemises was 165 feet long, had a 25 foot beam and displaced 370 tons. She was a class "B" cutter and was powered to a top speed of 12.9 knots by two 1,340 hp diesel engines and two three blade propellers. Her crew consisted of four officers, one warrant and 50 men.

The Nemises never had the chance to chase rum runners as prohibition ended in 1933, a year before she was launched. During World War II the Nemises was used as a sub-chaser and escort for convoys. Some sources state that she dropped depth charges on a submarine in August of 1942. She also rescued survivors from the torpedoed tankers Faja De Oro and SS Suwied in 1942. She was decommissioned on November 20, 1964, and sold to Auto Marine Engineers on February 9, 1966. In 1979 investors purchased the vessel and re-modeled her to look like a three deck African steamer. She was renamed Livingstone Landing and became Ft. Lauderdale's first floating restaurant. The Livingstone Landing closed in 1981. On April 28, 1981, the vessel now named Ancient Mariner sunk at its dock. She was re-floated and re-opened as a restaurant. In 1986 more than 100 patrons contracted hepatitis after dining aboard the old cutter. The restaurant could not survive the bad publicity and went bankrupt. The vessel re-opened under several names including Chapmans River Raw Bar, Anchorage Seafood, Dockside 501 and Cutters, but none lasted too long. She was purchased by the South Florida Divers Club of Hollywood for $6,000.00, and donated to Broward County's artificial reef program.

In June of 1991, the Nemises, now called Ancient Mariner, was sunk as an artificial reef off Deerfield Beach. She now sits upright in 70 feet of water with a slight port list.

Photo: The Ancient Mariner was sunk as an artificial reef in June of 1991. Photo courtesy Steve


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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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