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On May 18, 1986, the 130¹ U.S. Army dredge Corey N. Chris was sunk as an artificial reef as part of the Broward County artificial reef program. Later, on May 15, 1988, the Ronald B. Johnson, a 226¹ freighter, was to be sunk in close proximity to this vessel. At the time of the scuttle there were strong currents and things did not go as planned.



As it turned out, the Ronald B. Johnson landed right on top of the Corey N. Chris and at a 90 degree orientation. As far as divers are concerned, the general consensus is that things went better than planned. These two wrecks make a spectacular site as the diver descends and the two ships come into view. See picture, sketch drawn in 1993 by Captain Jim Mims . Warning Trimix rated divers only on this one!

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R. B. JOHNSON

A 170-foot Freighter was sank in 268 feet of water on May,14 1989.

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