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Address: Key Largo, FL
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Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail,...

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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Great dive on a real wreck.

The fish life is amazing on this site- get your camera ready. Also a very easy to navigate site, great if your not the best with your navigation skills yet.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Camille1650
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Naperville, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The fish life is amazing on this site- get your camera ready. Also a very easy to navigate site, great if your not the best with your navigation skills yet.

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Oakland, California
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wreck is only about 40 feet deep, very interesting wreck visually. Lots of beautiful colorful fish, large and small. Easy wreck dive since it is so shallow, and you can spend a lot of time there. Visibility was not great during our dive but we still saw lots of fish. Huge parrotfish, barracuda, sea bass, queen angelfish, trumpetfish, spotted drum,... More 

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Thank cml94618
Chicago, Illinois
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96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent fishy wreck for beginner scuba divers but seasoned divers should give it a look too. The wreck has no penetration points and is easy to navigate. Shallow conditions allow plenty of sunlight to penetrate.

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Thank Eric F
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The wreck is cool, but not as dramatic as the larger coral formations found at other sites. The sides and ribs of the ship are about all that remains, so there isn't much structure to explore.

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Thank Ray B
Punta Gorda, Florida
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326 reviews
189 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

This is a very old wreck that is in shallow water. This makes it easy for beginning divers to experience the bones of a ship that lost its way in the keys many years ago.

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Delmar, New York
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This was my first experience with a wreck, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time I would like to have a flashlight so that I can look into some of the dark spaces. I did hear another person on the boat grumbling that it wasn't all that great, so maybe more experienced divers won't like it all that much, but... More 

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Thank PainterRob
Sao Paulo, SP
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Nice dive spot... Good visibility and loads of fishes. Really enjoy scuba diving here. Highly recommended.

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is a great wreck to dive. It isn't all intact, like many other wrecks but there are a lot of nooks and crannies to look in. With it being so shallow, for a wreck, you can see a lot of it but, if you're looking in the hidden areas, you'll need a few trips to see it all. There... More 

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Thank Rileyjd1
Boulder, Colorado
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Benwood is shallow, 25 to 40 feet. A nice wreak to start on, it doesn't have any real dangerous parts to it.

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Thank Chris B
Milford, Connecticut
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Benwood is in shallow waters and little more than a debris field. It is a nice reef for aquatic life but not very interesting to me as a diver. Go beyond the bow 200 yards and the reef gets interesting. Ask a local divemaster to take you to the elevator.

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