The Eagle was built in Werf-Gorinchem, Holland by Bijker's Aanneming's Bedrijf, Ijssel under the title yard number 167. She was known by various names. Beginning on December 31, 1962 under the name Raila Dan, the Eagle was 268.5-feet long, 40.29-feet wide and 65-feet high. She was later named Barok in 1967. Seven years later, her name was changed again to Carmela. She was also known in 1976 as Ytai, Etai (1977), and Carigulf Pioneer (1981). She was purchased in 1984 by Jonaz Corporation Ltd. of Georgetown, Cayman Islands where she was named Arron K. Finally, she was christened Eagle Tire Co. in 1985, just before she was sunk.
When she was in service, she carried mainly cardboard and newspaper between Miami and Venezuela. On October 6, 1985, 125 miles south of Miami, the ship caught fire en route to Venezuela. The superstructure of the ship was totally destroyed. After only 23 years of use, she was retired and moored to the bank of the Miami River.
On December 19, 1985, the Eagle Tire Co. was sunk by explosives at her present site about 4 miles south of Snake Creek in Islamorada. She was supposed to sink beside the barge she was moored to, the Alexander Barge, but the Eagle broke away from the barge, and the port anchor was dropped to prevent further drifting away. The decision was made to sink the Eagle where she had dropped anchor. The Eagle settled on her Starboard side in 105' to 115' of water (depending on sand shifts and swales) with her bow pointing more or less NNW. The shallowest points of the wreck are at 65' - 70'. On September 25, 1998, Hurricane Georges broke the stern section & superstructure off the wreck and separated the sections by 20-30'. The hull shifted several yards & the stern section angles upward by 10 degrees or more. Most divers feel that this change has made the wreck a more interesting dive. There are several places where advanced wreck divers can penetrate the ship. It is generally well-lit and divers report seeing amberjacks, grunts, silversides, cobia, jewfish, and nurse sharks. The masses of coral that have grown on the ship are well-developed. Spiny oysters and sponges abound.
These unique cards provide a detailed depiction of Eagle Tire Co. wreck and reef near Islamorda, Florida. Each waterproof card is double sided, made of durable PVC plastic and is designed to be taken on the dive. They are also three hole punched to fit in standard log books or on lanyards.
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