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Latitude: 30° 17.74' N
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Approximately 1,5 mile south south-west of Pensacola Pass. The wreck is marked with mooring buoys.
How? By boat
Distance Good boat time (< 30min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Alternative name BB-2
Average depth 6 m / 19.7 ft
Max depth 14 m / 45.9 ft
Current Strong ( > 2 knots)
Visibility Medium ( 5 - 10 m)
Dive site quality Good
Experience CMAS * / OW
Bio interest Interesting
- Marine biology
- Snorkeling / Free diving
- Boat trafic
One of the best small boat dives in the Pensacola area. The wreck is mainly intact, but some sections are covered by sand.
USS Massachusetts (BB-2), an Indiana-class battleship, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state. She was launched on 10 June 1893.
Scuttled off Pensacola Bay, Florida, on 6 January 1921, the hulk was bombarded by batteries from Fort Pickens for four years!
On 15 November 1956, the ship was declared the property of the state of Florida. In 1993, the site was dedicated as an underwater archaeological preserve by the state of Florida, designed to become an artificial reef.
Displacement: 10,288 t
Length: 350.9 ft
Beam: 69.3 ft
Draft: 24 ft
Speed: 16.21 knots
Complement: 586 officers and men
Armament: 4 x 13-inch guns, 8 x 8-inch guns, 4 x 6-inch guns, 2 x 3-inch guns, 20 x 6-pounders, 6 x 1-pounders, 6 x 18-inch torpedo tubes
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Massachusetts_%28BB-2%29 for more information about the history of this wreck.
By BluwaterBob , 07-08-2012
Fun Dive - We were looking for a quick "tune-up" dive that we could do from our 26' cruiser and decided to try the Mass. several people had told us it was not worth the gas out there. Wrong, True, it is not a 90'+ dive but the marine life was very abundant, depth averaged from 26' to 30'. Only thing is you have to pay attention to the fishermen... bout ran into a drop line LOL.. Fun and easily accessible dive!
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