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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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Waibstadt
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

WE did the Benwood with my daugther, as the wrack is in resch with the allowed depth of a junior OWD of our daugther. But at the end you Need some good Imaginationen for the Bits and pieces legt of the ship. The Green, lange Murray was a really nice Photo Model.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Only had a quick look at the Benwood as the primary purpose of this trip was my Son's deep check out dive. Would have liked to have had more time but during the rest of our time there I don't think the boat ever went back to the Benwood.

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Spokane
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a good "starter" rec for new divers. In about 30 feet of water, this WWII vessel offers a nice dive with decent sea life. Usually you can do two trips around the boat, but we had an unusually strong current that made it difficult.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are there mainly for the shipwreck you will not see much because there is not much left of the ship. On the good side however there is so much marine life around this ship that will not be disappointed. The best is to visit during sunny day and 50 feet below with no current guaranties best visibility. Great... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

First dive on the Benwood was a night dive. Amazing sea life, watching the parrot fish go into their "Bubbles" was amazing. Also seeing so many sea turtles was cool. Came back for a day dive and the experience was just as good but completely different. So many fish but my favorite was the pulsating schools of minnows that over... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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25 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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271 reviews 271 reviews
164 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 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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