Rebel Wreck Dive

Type of Dive

Advanced Wreck Dive.

Skill Level

This dive is for advanced open water diver’s or open water diver’s under the direct supervision of an instructor..

Dive Site Depths

The depth is around 78 feet to the top of the wreck and around 110 feet to the sand. The Rebel (St. Andrea) is oriented with the bow facing north.

Dive Site Location

The Rebel is located in the sand 5.15 Nm @ 181 from Hillsboro Inlet & 4.97 Nm @ 026 from Port Everglades. 1.35 Nm off-shore. 26 10.2640’N / 80 04.3267’W.

Ship Description

The Rebel is a 120 foot long by 24 foot wide Norwegian freighter. The ship is currently sitting in the sand with the bow facing to the north. The ship is pretty broken up is twisted and it is slowly looking like a pile of wreckage due to the disintegration of the ship and the storms that have been beating it up.

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Dive Site Information

The Rebel is considered an advance dive. She is located on the east side of the main reef straight off Pompano Beach. The ship is upright with the bow facing to the north. She is located approximately 50 yards east of the main reef. There is typically a light to moderate current on this wreck however the current can become very strong during strong Tidal movements. The Rebel is an excellent wreck for hunting and photography. There is some light penetration on this wreck however you must have the proper training and proper equipment.

The Dive Plan:

2 Dives 2 Locations

We will start out our day with our first I’ve been on the Rebel. Our second dive is typically a drift dive somewhere along the third reef line. The captain will pick the second dive location based on conditions and visibility. We have 45 minutes to 1 hour at each dive site air and bottom time permitting. The departure dock location for this dive trip is located in Pompano Beach.

Dive Trip Schedule

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The Wreck Hunters Rebel

Ships History

Wreck history The Rebel or the Cornelius as she was originally named was built in 1947 at the Zwartslosf shipyard in Norway. The ship operated transporting cargo through the Caribbean and in 1981 was sold and renamed the island transporter and then a little while later she was renamed the St. Andrea.

The ship was eventually confiscated when the crew was caught bringing drugs into the United States from the Caribbean. The scene Andrea was eventually sold at federal auction and purchased by a Fort Lauderdale attorney who is also an environmentalist.

He donated the vessel to the Broward County artificial reef program at which time she was renamed Rebel after his dog. The rebel was scuttled on July 16, 1985 and has been an excellent addition to the Broward County artificial reef program

Resident Marine Life

Our local shipwrecks are excellent places to view large animals such as barracuda, spade fish, jacks, Goliath groupers and large stingrays in the sand. They are also teeming with schools of tropical fish like butterfly fish, surgeon fish, blue tangs, Moorish idols and more. On occasion we will also see nurse sharks and reef sharks if we are lucky.

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