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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
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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40 helpful votes 40 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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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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21 attraction reviews
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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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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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