3D Duane - Key Largo FL, Waterproof Dive Site Card

3D Duane - Key Largo FL, Waterproof Dive Site Card Features

What's in the box: 3D Duane - Key Largo FL, Waterproof Dive Site Card

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Duane lies upright on a sandy bottom in 120 feet of water one mile south of Molasses Reef off Key Largo. After being decommissioned on August l, 1985 as the oldest active U.S. military vessel, the Duane was donated to the Keys Association of Dive Operators for use as an artificial reef. On November 27, 1987 she was towed to Molasses Reef, her hatches opened, her holds pumped full of water and down she went to begin her final assignment.

The Duane was built in 1936 at the U.S. Naval Yard in Philadelphia. She was a 327-foot long Treasury Class Cutter, one of seven such vessels, and was named for William J. Duane, Secretary of the Treasury under Andrew Jackson. She had various assignments before being sent to the Atlantic in 1941, where she eventually served with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Her service included an impressive wartime and peacetime record. On April 17, 1943, she and her sister ship, the Spencer, sank the German U-Boat U-77. She participated in four rescues at sea, picking up a total of 346 survivors. In 1980 she was an escort vessel for thousands of Cuban refugees coming to the United States. Her last assignments included Search and Rescue work and Drug Enforcement.

On a clear day, the outline of Duane's intact hull can be seen from above. The mast and crow's nest, protruding high above the hull, can be seen at 60 feet. At70 feet, just forward of amidships, is the navigating bridge. The superstructure deck is at 90 feet and the main deck lies at l00 feet. The hull structure, completely intact with the original rudders, screws, railings, ladders and ports makes an impressive display. This unique card provides detailed depiction of USS Duane. Each waterproof card is printed on both sides, made of durable PVC plastic and is designed to be taken on the dive. They are also 3-hole punched to fit in standard log books and lanyards. Card measures (W x L) 5.5" x 8.5" (14cm x 21.6cm) and makes a great gift idea.

Key Features

  • Historical Ship Wreck 3D I.D. Card
  • 3-Hole-Punched for Lanyard or Binder
  • Dimensions: W x L: 5.5" x 8.5" (14cm x 21.6cm)
  • Easily-Stows in BCD Pocket
  • USS Duane Wreck Map
  • Material: Waterproof PVC Plastic
  • Provides Dive Plan Information
  • Log Date, Depth and Time on Card
  • Colorful "Life Like" Art Work
  • Provides Detailed Information on the USS Duane Wreck
  • Know What-You're-Looking-At Before-the-Dive
  • Ease of Maintenance: Rinse with Fresh Water after Day in the Sea
  • Great Gift Idea