Wreck Trek Deerfield

Type of Dive

Standard Wreck Dive.

Skill Level

Beginner: Open Water Diver 15 years and older or Jr. Advanced Open Water Diver 12 to 14 years old.

Dive Site Depths

55 feet on top of the Wreck & 70 feet to the sand.

Dive Site Location

Deerfield wreck trek is located at Deerfield wreck trek is located at The Ancient Mariner 2.07 Nm @ 174 from Boca Inlet & 2.89 Nm @ 025 from Hillsboro Inlet. 0.79 Nm off-shore from the beach.

Ship Description

The wreck trek Deerfield is actually three shipwrecks. The Ancient Mariner, former Coast Guard Cutter and sub chaser the ship’s hull is still intact however some of the top superstructure is been knocked over. The Berry Patch Tug is a small tugboat sitting upright in the sand and Quallman Barge a 100 foot barge sitting upright in the sand with lots of holes in it.

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Dive Site Information

The "Wreck Trek Ft. Deerfield" is a 3 wreck drift dive that includes The Ancient Mariner is decommissioned Coast Guard cutter approximately 165 feet long sitting upright in the sand with a slight list to port. The bow is pointing straight towards the 62 foot Berry patch tug approximately 200 feet away.

The tug is also sitting upright in the sand, the bow pointing to the east. In order to make it to the final wreck the Quallman Barge located about 500 feet to the south. You will have to be good on air, navigation and should only be attempted by experience divers.

The Dive Plan:

2 Dives 2 Locations

We start off the day with our first dive on the Wreck Trek Deerfield site. Then it's off to our second dive which is typically a drift dive somewhere on the third reef system. The drift dive location is selected based on conditions and visibility.

Dive Times

Divers will have one hour at each location, air and bottom time permitting.

Departure Location

The departure dock location for this dive trip is located in Pompano Beach.

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Ships History

The Wreck Trek Deerfield consists of three shipwrecks. The Berry Patch Tug, the Ancient Mariner and the Quallman Barge

The first wreck to be placed in the area was the AL Spencer currently known as the Berry Patch Tug. The Berry Patch Tug was built in 1940 she is 62 feet long and 16 feet wide. Originally she was used to tow barges loaded with sand from the Bahamas to Florida. She was scuttled on August 15, 1987, as an artificial reef.

The Ancient Mariner a former Coast Guard cutter and sub chaser that was eventually turned into a floating restaurant and was responsible for one of the largest outbreaks of hepatitis recorded at the time. She was scuttled on June 9, 1991

The Quallman Barge there is not a lot of information on this barge however we do know it was 100 feet long and 32 feet wide. It is currently sitting upright in the sand with lots of holes in it great place for Marine life in large schools of fish. The barge was scuttled on July 1, 2000

Resident Marine Life

This is a well-established wreck site and there is an abundance of marine life that resides in the area. It is common to see large schools of small and medium tropical fish, stingray’s large and small, eels, lobsters and the occasional Turtle or Eagle Ray. Also due to its location it is a good place to look out for whale sharks.

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