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USCG Duane

Address: Key Largo, FL
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Ranked #6 of 55 things to do in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The #1 wreck is the Spiegel Grove (with much debate). The Duane is smaller, and has more growth so we tend to see more. She's a more advanced dive because of the depth (100' at her deck), and the current that comes and goes. But we've seen turtles, Goliath Grouper, sharks, turtles, hogfish, turtles. I've been diving the Duane with... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

When we were headed out to the Duane the captain and divemaster could not believe how calm the conditions were. The dive was great, surface conditions were smooth and very little current for late Dec. We had excellent vis, lots of fish, just a really cool wreck to dive!

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Lansing, MI
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101 reviews 101 reviews
16 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our dive on the Duane was fantastic. Good viz and little current. Saw large barracudas and a nurse shark at the stern.

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Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

MUST DIVE! Spectacular Wreck - Up Right. Well prepared to be an artificial reef with doors cut out and large holes...this one you can penetrate and enjoy. We had 100ft visibility and it is a sight to see. dive nitrox to get maximum bottom time. There was a current running stern to stem but it was still an easy dive.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

No question that this is a great dive, the wreck is upright and she looks like she is steaming right along the bottom. I have been told that sometimes you can catch this wreck with little to no current. However, of the three separate times I have dived this one, it's always had some strong current all the way to... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 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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5 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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