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Benwood wreck

Key Largo, FL
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Key Largo
Type: Ships, Cultural
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Selected as one of the dive sites on the Florida Keys' Shipwreck Trail, this merchant marine...
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Type: Ships, Cultural
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner 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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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Always my favorite dive site around Key Largo. It's a relatively shallow dive, providing nice long dive time, and a vast array of fish and sea life encrusting the actual wreck making for awesome photo opportunities. A wonderful time, as usual.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Good area - a lot of life in adjacent reefs. Good place to go after diving on the Spiegel Grove. Depths are <40 fsw.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Even though this is a shallower dive than the Speigal Grove, it was very diverse with lots to see! This was my favorite wreck so far. The water was clear and the sea life interesting.

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

Fairly intact for a flattened wreck. Lots of other divers as well as loads of fish. Easy casual dive

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Hampstead, MD
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16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Sitting in about 40-45', the Benwood is a great, easy wreck dive for novice-mid skill divers looking for abundant fish, relatively shallow dive.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The wreck is definitely dilapidated and not much left of the structure - mostly just the ribs of the boat. However, there is lots of marine life. Saw a 400lb Goliath Grouper and a 6 foot Moray Eel - among lots of other fish - parrot, trumpet, etc. Very nice dive.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Everytime we dive the Keys, the Benwood is on our must do dive list! This is a shallow WWII wreck that is just loaded with aquatic life! If I could, I would spend both tanks diving this site. I like to circle the Benwood once at sand level, mid level and then over the top! There are so many little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great dive, This is a fairly shallow dive so you can really take your time. Loads of fish life. Good natural light for pictures. Dive was close to 1 hr.

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BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the depth is between 30' and 45' the wreck is mostly bits and pieces of an old ship that the US Navy blew to smithereens over and over again. Lots of cool life but not too fascinating as a wreck dive per se. Good second dive if you want a short surface interval

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Waibstadt
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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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