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FLORIDA KEYS Shipwrecks Thunderbolt Wreck Marathon
Historical and current Florida Keys Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers, fisherman and marine historians.
             

 

 

 

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FLORIDA SHIPWRECKS,
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The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys. Includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches.
                    How to SHIPWRECK DIVING Guide By Capt Dan Berg 

 
   

THUNDERBOLT Marathon

The Thunderbolt was a 188 foot long cable laying work boat with a 37 foot beam. The vessel had become a derelict after many useful years of work. The Thunderbolt had found her way into a boat yard in the Miami River. The Artificial Reef Committee of the Florida Keys found the ship, purchased her, cleaned and removed all hatches before towing her to a site just south of Vaca Cut in Marathon. The Thunderbolt was finally sunk on March 3, 1986, in 115 feet of water. 

Today the Thunderbolt sits upright and intact just south of Vaca Cut. Divers can see her two bronze propellers, enormous cable lying spool, penetrate into her wheel house or just marvel at the diversity and abundance of marine life that have found their home on this scuttled shipwreck.
Remember penetration into any shipwreck should only be done by those with proper training, experience and wreck diving equipment. Scuba equipment like powerful dive lights, navigation reels, dive knives as well as redundant air supply like a pony bottle or doubles are standard gear for wreck divers. There is a permanent buoy on the Thunderbolt. Visibility ranges from 50 to 100 feet and a light current is usually present. This wreck is usually covered with big grouper and schools of barracuda.

Photo: The Thunderbolt was sunk as an artificial reef on March 3, 1986. Photo by Bob Tilman.

Basic shipwreck information and images for this section of this site was taken with permission from the book Florida Shipwrecks by Daniel Berg. You are invited to submit your shipwreck related articles, images and information. As long as the text, photographs, sketches etc are of professional quality we will showcase them. Full credit will be provided and a same page link to your web site can be arranged.
 

 
 
 
 
Florida Shipwrecks ebook
The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys,

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By Dan and Denise Berg, 180 pages. Shipwrecks are an important complement to the natural coral reefs as a sport diving attraction in Florida. From the barley discernable ballast piles of the 1733 fleet to the almost perfectly intact modern ships sunk specifically as artificial reefs throughout the state, shipwrecks inspire an aura of mystery and fascination. Florida Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the shipwrecks around the state of Florida. This downloadable ebook contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 235 shipwrecks. Florida Shipwrecks includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches. Divers , snorkelers, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history diving or the sea will surely find this ebook fascinating, as well as indispensable.

 

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