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COPPEDGE Jacksonville

Originally named the Achilles, this 96 foot steam tug was commissioned in the 1930's. She was owned by Sabine Towing & Transportation Co. of Port Arthur, Texas. She hauled loads between Texas, Cuba and Puerto Rico for most of her life. In the early 1960's, the Achilles was sold to Florida Towing Company and renamed W.T. Coppedge Jr. In 1976, Moran Towing Corporation acquired Florida Towing and the Coppedge's ownership changed once again. By the mid 1980's, the old tug was no longer economically feasible to keep in service and was donated to form an artificial reef. The Jacksonville Scubanauts conducted a site survey, and the tug was sunk by the Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club in June of 1988.

The Coppedge now sits upright and intact in 80 feet of water 22 miles off the Mayport jetties. According to the Scubanauts, large schools of bait fish surround the wreck. The tug's hull surface is almost completely covered in barnacles, oysters, bryozoa and hydroids, and divers will see angelfish, barracuda, cobia, grouper, and amberjacks on the site. On August 31, 1989, 2,000 tons of culvert was dumped near the Coppedge. The culvert lies 50 feet off the bow and is spread over a 40,000 square foot area. This combination of reef and wreck should prove to be a productive site for divers as well as fishermen.

Photo: The 96 foot steam tug Coppedge was sunk in June of 1988. Photo by Moran Towing, courtesy Scubanauts Reef Research Team.

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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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