What's in the box: 3D Ancient Mariner Ft. Lauderdale Waterproof Dive Site Card
The Ancient Mariner was an ex-Coast Guard Vessel called Nemesis, named after the Greek goddess of vengeance. The Nemesis was built as a Prohibition Runner by Marritte Mfg. Company in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia. Her keel was laid on November 17, 1933; she was launched on July 7, 1934, and was commissioned on October 10. The Nemesis was 165 feet long, had a 25 foot beam and displaced 370 tons. She was a class "B" cutter and was powered to a top speed of 12.9 knots by two 1,340 hp diesel engines and two three blade propellers. Her crew consisted of four officers, one warrant and 50 men.
The Nemesis never had the chance to chase rum runners as prohibition ended in 1933, a year before she was launched. During World War II the Nemesis was used as a sub-chaser and escort for convoys. Some sources state that she dropped depth charges on a submarine in August of 1942. She also rescued survivors from the torpedoed tankers Faja De Oro and SS Suwied in 1942. She was decommissioned on November 20, 1964, and sold to Auto Marine Engineers on February 9, 1966. In 1979 investors purchased the vessel and re-modeled her to look like a three deck African steamer. She was renamed Livingston Landing and became Ft. Lauderdale's first floating restaurant. The Livingston Landing closed in 1981. On April 28, 1981, the vessel now named Ancient Mariner sunk at its dock. She was re-floated and re-opened as a restaurant. In 1986 more than 100 patrons of the restaurant contracted hepatitis after dining aboard the old cutter, the restaurant could not survive the bad publicity and went bankrupt. The vessel re-opened under several names including Chapman's River Raw Bar, Anchorage Seafood, Dockside 501 and Cutters, but none lasted too long. She was purchased by the South Florida Divers Club of Hollywood for $6,000.00, and donated to Broward County's artificial reef program.
In June of 1991, the Nemesis, now called Ancient Mariner, was sunk as an artificial reef off Deerfield Beach. She now sits upright in 70 feet of water with a slight port list. This unique card provides detailed depiction of Ancient Mariner Wreck. 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.