Diving Big Pine Key Adolphus Busch Sr – Video

Marked by a series of mooring buoys, the remains of the Adolphus Bush, a 210-foot freighter, lay 6 miles southwest of Big Pine Key. The vessel was originally named Ocean Alley but was later renamed Adolphus Busch after the senior member of the Busch brewing family. This ship was intentionally sunk in 100-feet of water […]
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Spiegel Grove is Not a Beginners’ Dive – Key Largo

We were headed out for a “double dip,” two successive dives, on the purposely sunk wreck of the USS Spiegel Grove, which is considered the backbone of the artificial reef system in the Keys. It lies in 130-feet of water near Dixie Shoals off Key Largo. Dives depths range from 60 to 130 feet with […]
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Meet Treasure Seekers Who Hunt Millions in Undersea Gold

Somewhere in the waters off the Florida coast, an estimated $250 million in silver bars and coins is waiting for Kim Fisher and his treasure hunting family to come and get it. And Fisher, who lives by his father’s “today’s-the-day” motto, thinks he’s close to one of the biggest hauls of his career. That would […]
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Best stops on the Overseas Highway – Key Largo

Road trips don’t come more spectacular than the Overseas Highway. Sailing through tropical savanna over the Florida Straits, it links Miami on the mainland with the 180-kilometer-long Florida Keys island chain. Most visitors head straight to Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States, but if they stopped along the way they’d find secluded […]
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Key Largo’s Benwood Wreck Deserving of Some Respect

It was a busy day at the wreck of the Benwood. There were several dive boats tied to the mooring balls. As I approached the wreck, I saw all manner of scuba divers — from those decked out in rebreathers and other technical gear to others who appeared to be finishing up dives to get their […]
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5 years later $550K Mel Fisher Museum Gold Bar Still Missing

Lack of finding a 74.85-ounce gold bar plundered from a Key West museum five years ago come Tuesday has left an “open wound,” says the museum’s director. “The bar was insured but money will never replace an artifact that was part of so many museum visitors’ personal interaction and memories of the experience,” Melissa Kendrick, chief […]
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Salvor Claims to Have Found Middle Keys Shipwreck

BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff alinhardt@keysnews.com A shipwreck salvor has claimed to have found a wrecked sailing vessel somewhere off the Middle Keys, but as is usual with such cases, specifics about what treasures it may hold and from what year in history it hails remains shrouded in secrecy. A company called EPW Salvage, Inc., owned […]
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