The Berry Patch Tug Wreck
Type of DiveStandard Wreck.
Skill LevelIntermediate: Open Water or Advanced jr Open Diver 13 years and older.
Dive Site Depths50 feet on top of the Wrecki & 70 feet to the sand.
The dive site is located offshore in front of Deerfield Beach 26 18.0872’N / 80 03.6851’W 2.11 Nm @ 1730 from Boca Inlet & 2.88 Nm @ 0260 from Hillsboro Inlet. 0.82 Nm off-shore from the beach and about 50 feet west of our main reef.
The AL Spencer (Berry Patch) Tug Boat is 62 feet long and 16 feet wide. It is a relatively small tugboat that you can penetrate from the rear or from the two side entrances to the wheelhouse.
Ancient Mariner/Deerfield Wreck Trek Reef Smart Guide
Dive Site InformationThe AL Spencer (Berry Patch) Tug Boat is currently sitting upright in the sand with the bow facing East Southeast there is a large amount of growth on the rack and it is a well-established habitat for tropical fish and local nurse sharks and groupers.
The wreck site is relatively small however you can do some light penetration into the wheelhouse and there is a little spot in the back of the wheelhouse that you can look inside of. However there are eels so be careful. The site is excellent for photography and it is only a few feet to the main reef. This dive is typically part of the ancient mariner dive.
Leaving the bow of the ancient mariner heading to the East, Southeast about 300 feet you will find the Berry patch tug. You can also wander to the Merritt Barge to the south. However you must be really good on air and navigation in order to make all three wrecks in one dive.
The Dive Plan:
2 Dives 2 Locations
We start off the day with a wreck dive on the Ancient Mariner and the Berry Patch tug wreck, followed by a drift dive off the third reef. The reef dive location will depend on visibility and current. We typically leave that up to the captain's discretion. We have 45 min. to 1 hour on each site. Air and bottom time permitting.
The departure dock location for this dive trip is located in Pompano Beach.