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Benwood wreck

Key Largo, FL
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Ranked #12 of 22 attractions in Key Largo
Type: Ships
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail, this merchant marine freighter was built in 1920 and sunk in 1942.
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you dive on the Benwood, hopefully you will get a chance to see the minnows on the bow. There were thousands of them forming a ball that was spectacular!

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Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This dive experience was even better than Molasses Reef! Following our Dive Instructor's briefing to the letter, we began our dive off the bentwood's stern. We came up along the starboard side of this wreck and swam right into the "bait ball" located on the bow we were informed topside about. It was absolutely amazing to behold! While the rest... More

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Townsend, MA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Why do they even bother to bring snorkelers out here? Wreck is too deep to see much of anything. Little sea life where snorkelers are.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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209 reviews 209 reviews
109 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The best thing about the SS Benwood wreck is the history and realizing how close to the U.S. mainland people were worried about German U-Boats. The SS Benwoods was a 360 foot long ship (although the site is not nearly that big as I recall). It sank in 25 - 45 feet of water as the captain was trying to... More

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Ironton, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Loved this dive site. Great sea life. Giant trumpetfish. Large baitball with a large grouper. Classic wreck site with a large variety of fish.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This has enough "wreck" features to be fun, but is shallow and thus well lit and un intimidating. Lots of critters, and many larger ones cruising through.

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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was a great first wreck dive for myself and my 2 teenage kids. It is really open and is home to a number of interesting characters such as the Green Moray eels and the bait ball of minnows!!!! Very worthwhile dive.

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Rockville, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very pleasant dive. Lots of wildlife = the wreck is basically a carcass so not much if any penetration. Also did night dive om the Benwood which was not quite as good -- too many lights on Saturday night scaring the fish away! Better to do night dive on a less crowded day.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've dove the Benwood countless times, both during the day and at night. It's an easy wreck to navigate especially since the majority of the ship has been blown to pieces (although the shell is fairly intact). There is a great deal of sea life present and to watch the barracudas feed on schools before sunset is awesome--along with the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a shallow dive site that is great for students and experienced divers alike. There is not a lot of corals though - except those encrusted all over the remains of this ship, which was sunk during a dark night during WWII. What you'll see: A debris field and the hull that is blown apart in many places. It... More

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