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USCG Duane

Address: Key Largo, FL
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an "artificial reef," which was...
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Type: Ships, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an "artificial reef," which was specially prepared for advanced divers with clear, open hatchways and open rooms to explore.
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Savannah, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Usually not to crowded. Fun wreck to go through. Pretty different from the others. Lots of barracuda around.

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NH
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50 reviews 50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Been diving this wreck since it was sunk and it has never disappointed. At times there is a strong current so check with the dive crew before going out. However, even with a strong current if you are a good diver even when the current is strong you can find shelter on the wreck and it won't disappoint. Have seen... More 

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Tough to dive due to strong current ... Neat ship w/ a large waving USA Flag ... did a quick swim through ... interesting ship

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Islamorada, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Drift around the dive buoys and throw a crab on a Hank Brown to spawning permit in March or April. There is nothing quite like a big old permit to bend your rod!

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Amsterdam
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Our dive had a LOT of current, so not a dive for beginners. Nice wreck with a large watch tower, which makes it nice for photography. They also have a very large USA flag on the ship, which quite special.

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Helena, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

After a previous cancellation 2 days prior we were able to dive this wreck. After making it down via the mooring rope in strong currents, it was a relatively easy dive. Lots of sea life and gorgeous corals growing. I would say the finagling to get the dive in before we flew out was well worth it.

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Kearney, Nebraska
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Got to dive the Duane for the first time in September. While maybe not as spectacular as the Spiegel it is definitely still worth a dive.

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Westminster, Colorado, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a great dive if you are a confident diver. It can be nerve-wracking for a novice. There is frequently a strong current that can be disconcerting but the dive is well worth it! This site should be reserved for open water divers with lots of experience, advanced divers, or advanced students.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Did this wreck twice that weekend. First time there was a little current and my partner was running low on air so we cut dive short. Second time with a different partner was able to leisurely view ship. Lots of history in these waters. This dive is a little easier then the Spiegel Grove.

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Olathe, Kansas, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was a great dive, but man the current kicked our butts. We could barely hang on to the down line. It was a little better when we hit the deck. There is a lot of things to see. Take a bright dive light and take your time (if you can) Watch out for jellyfish on the way up the... More 

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