The Captain Dan

Dive Site History

Originally commissioned the Hollyhock, a US Coast Guard Tender, the Captain Dan was sunk in February 1990 as part of the Rodeo Reef. After being decommissioned by the Coast Guard, the Hollyhock was purchased by a missionary.

Mechanical problems stranded the vessel and she was towed to the Miami River where she was sold to the Florida Boating Improvement Program to become an artificial reef.

The Hollyhock was renamed Captain Dan in meory of Dan Garnsey, a charter fishing pioneer, and sunk on February 20, 1990.



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Dive Site Info

    Dive Site Location

    The Capt. Dan is located in the sand at the South end of Rodeo Reef on the eastside.
    2.38 Nm @ 1670 from Hillsboro Inlet & 7.80 Nm @ 0210 from Port Everglades. 1.29 Nm off-shore from Holiday Inn & Tiffany Towers.

    Dive Site Depth

    The depth is around 70 feet to the top of the wheelhouse and around 110 feet to the sand. The Capt. Dan is oriented north to South.

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