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One of the most popular wreck dives in
the world, great for snorkeling and night dives.
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Site Guide» Benwood
80°20.02 (AKA Dixie Shoal)
(Near-by dives: French Reef)
US Hwy 1 MM 105
||Marker Buoy and 4
Novice to Intermediate
|360' long with a 51'
beam, the Benwood was built in England
and registered as a merchant marine freighter. Traveling
blacked out at night during WWII, she collided with the Robert C
Tuttle. The Tuttle suffered little damage, but the
Benwood's bow was crushed and the Captain turned her towards shore
and abandoned her. She was extensively salvaged after sinking.
The remains of
the Benwood are scattered over a wide area. The bow of the ship is
the most intact feature, forming a 25-foot profile in the water
column. The hull structure is mostly intact up to the level of the
first deck. Large steel knees join the deck plate to the outer hull
and sides of the vessel. These knees are massive reinforced
triangles of steel which outline the ship’s hull shape despite the
loss of the hull plates themselves.
The first deck has been punctured in many places, forming a network
of “nooks and crannies” perfect for fish habitat. Divers can peer
through these holes into the cargo hold and see the space where ore
was once carried.
parrotfish, morays, grouper, snook, lobster
The Wreck of the Benwood
Benwood Historic Shipwreck 1942
Dive site: The Benwood - Wreck
All of the top deck areas have been
or destroyed by Navy demolitions & practice bombing
Photo Courtesy of Peabody Museum, Salem,
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