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Islamorada: Diving on the San Pedro( PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA BUREAU OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH) )
This underwater archaeological preserve features a submerged 18th Century shipwreck. Part of a Spanish flotilla, the San Pedro was a 287-ton, Dutch-built ship that sank in a hurricane on July 13, 1733. Her remains were discovered in 1960 in Hawk Channel near Indian Key.
After major salvage efforts during the 1960s, all that remains of San Pedro is a large pile of ballast stones covering an area 90 feet long and 30 feet wide. The underwater site has been enhanced with seven replica cannons, an anchor, and an information plaque.
Marine life flourishes at the site.
FYI: Located in 18 feet of water, approximately 1.25 nautical miles south from Indian Key at GPS coordinates 24 degrees 51.802'N, 80 degrees 40.795'W. To prevent anchor damage, please tie up to mooring buoys located at the site. For information, call 305-664-2540.
On the web, an underwater guide is available from the University of Indiana's Underwater Science Program at www.indiana.edu
For information about the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary Shipwreck Trail, visit www.fknms.nos.noaa.gov