FLORIDA East Coast Shipwrecks Jay Dorman Wreck Broward County
Historical and current Florida East Coast Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers, fisherman and marine historians.




   Capt. Dan Berg's Wreck Valley Collection   

Instant Downloadable E-Book 

Shipwreck Diving E-Book  
Instant Downloadable E-Book 

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.
                    How to SHIPWRECK DIVING Guide By Capt Dan Berg 


JAY DORMAN Broward County

The steel hulled schooner Panda was built in 1938 at Camper and Nicholsons in England. She was 130 feet long, had a 22.3 foot beam and a 13.9 foot draft. Although completed in 1938, she was not launched until 1948 due to World War II. According to the Broward County Artificial Reef Program, the Panda survived the bombing of England in World War II while sitting in dry dock. Her next owner was the French Government who gave her to Bao Dai, the Emperor of Vietnam. Boa Dai remodeled the schooner into a den of inequity used for womanizing and smoking opium. The Panda was sold in 1962 to Sterling Hamil for an around the world cruise. In 1965 she was sold again, this time to a French architect who sailed her for eleven years. In 1978, the Panda was purchased by Bill Bodel and converted into a first class charter vessel.

The Panda was severely damaged by a fire while in St. Martin in 1984. She was towed to Florida and scuttled on February 28, 1988, as a memorial to Jay Dorman and to form an artificial reef. Jay Dorman was an avid fisherman who was killed by a lightning bolt in 1987. Today she is known as the Jay Dorman and rests on her port side in 78 feet of water, only one mile off the Pompano Pier.

Photo: The fire gutted Jay Doram was sunk as a reef on February 28, 1988. Photo courtesy Steve

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 provide and a same page link to your web site can be arranged.

Florida Shipwrecks ebook
The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys,

Buy Now only $9.95
10.2 MB instant download, printable  PDF file

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.


Check out Capt. Dan's other shipwreck and Diving eBooks



Sponsored by:
The Waterfront Expo
The complete regional guide to waterfront real estate, vacation rentals and water sport activities.
  Powerboat Expo
Find a complete source of information on pontoon boats, houseboats, fishing boats, speed boats, yachts, outboard engines, marine electronics and much more.
A complete selection of designer swimsuits, bikinis, tankinis and one piece swimwear.
  Watersport Expo
A complete assortment of water sports activities and equipment ranging from whitewater rafting and kayaks to water skiing.

All photographs, sketches, images and text

Copyright Capt. Dan Berg / Aqua Explorers Inc

2745 Cheshire Dr
Baldwin NY 11510


  Shipwreck Chart Art

   New York/ New Jersey
New England  
North Carolina  
South Carolina 
Great Lakes
   Florida Shipwrecks  
   Florida Keys 
Florida East Coast   
   Florida West Coast  
   Caribbean Shipwrecks
   Bahamas Shipwrecks
   Cayman Islands  

   Truk Lagoon

   How To Guide to 
   Shipwreck Diving

   Scuba Equipment 

   Bikini guide

   Water Sport Guide

powered by FreeFind

    Link Exchange