FtMyersTom - 10/09/2017 2:48 PM
The Kittiwake is small as artificial reefs wrecks go at 225ft long and 2200 tons and sits in 65ft of water. The top is 15ft from surface. Coast Guard regs would not allow her to sit that shallow around here.

"Water depth must be sufficiently deep to avoid creating a hazard to navigation. Minimum clearance above the reef should accommodate the draft of the vessels expected to operate in the vicinity"

Generally here that is 60ft to highest point. But where the Kittiwake sits no large ships go by. They put it where they did so snorkelers could see it. When our boat got there we had to wait for a mooring ball because 3 boats full of snorkelers were there. A way to make more money. You could freedive the entire wreck if so desired. Also if you wanted you could shore dive it. I asked if I could and they said they discourage it because of boat traffic.

It’s not a very far swim from Cemetery Beach and if you go just after it’s light and use a flag the boat traffic isn’t bad until around 9 when the trips start. You would have to stay on the surface to save air but next trip........????hhmmmmm

Compared to the Spiegel Grove she’s 510ft long and 11,200 tons. Her anchors alone weight 12 tons. When they finally got her sunk she laid on her starboard side in 130ft for 3 years until Hurricane Dennis set her on her keel. Just imagine that force.

I’m always fascinated by the power of nature. Did you see the photos of the water Irma sucked out of the bays along the west coast? The water was gone as far as you can see. They sad it was a good thing the eye cut in half and didn’t pull that water back at full force or the storm serge would have been devastating. Mother nature at her best.