Aqautic Ventures

Captain Dan Wreck • Sunday, December 18, 2022

Originally commissioned as the Hollyhock, The Captain Dan is a 175-foot US Coast Guard buoy tender built in March 1937 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After serving in a variety of capacities. she entered the artificial reef program in 1990.

At a glance

What you need to know 
Dive 1Wreck
Dive 2Reef
Max depth in feet115
Minimum cert levelAdvanced/Deep
Departs fromPompano
Minutes from shop
Be at the boat no later than12:30 PM
Boat departs1:30 PM
Expected return5:00 PM
Price without gear rental$99.95
Price with gear rental$129.95

The wreck

While commissioned in the Coast Guard, the Hollyhock served as an icebreaker in Lake Michigan, a buoy tender in Miami and a seaplane refueling station in the Bahamas.

In 1982, the vessel was purchased by a missionary group later becoming stranded in the Miami River. In 1990, with the help of the Boating Improvement Program Fund and the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, she was renamed in memory of Captain Dan Gurnsey, a Well-known Pompano Beach fishing boat owner.

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The diving

The wreck lies in 115 feet of water with her bow pointing south. The wheelhouse begins at 70 feet with the deck at 90 feet. This necessitates Advanced or Deep Diver training or equivalent experience.

Currents can be strong here. SMBs and surface signaling gear are essential should you become separated from the wreck.

Following a first dive on the wreck, we will move inshore to dive on a shallow reef.

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