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
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 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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