Ancient Mariner

Type of Dive: Anchor/Drift

Depth Range: 50-70 ft

Skill Level: Open Water Diver


Location: Deerfield Beach

Description: The Mariner is an ex-Coast Guard Cutter, 165' long with a 25' beam. The ship is upright with a slight list to port. The bow is pointing towards the Berry Patch Tug (SE). The Ancient Mariner is covered with sea life. Due to the close proximity to the reef, fish move back and forth between the two. A large Goliath Grouper guards the wreckage and can usually be found in the wheelhouse. The aft deck is collapsed, the best penetration is forward. Divers can also swim off the bow 150 degrees 150' and see the Berry Patch Tug. Also south of the tug is the Quallman Barge.

History: The "B" class Coast Guard Cutter was launched on July 7, 1934 and commissioned the Nemises on October 10th. The Nemises was built to be a Prohibition Runner, however Prohibition ended a year before the completion. During World War II the Nemises was used as a sub-chaser and escort for convoys. She also rescued survivors from the torpedoed tankers. 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 Livingstone Landing and became Ft. Lauderdale's first floating restaurant. The Livingstone Landing closed in 1981. Then was sold and renamed the Ancient Mariner. On April 28, 1981 before the new restaurant opened it sank at the dock. She was re-floated and re-opened as a restaurant. In 1986 more than 100 patrons contracted hepatitis after dining aboard the old cutter (don't eat anything while you're down there). The restaurant could not survive the bad publicity and went bankrupt. The vessel re-opened under several names 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 Nemises, now called Ancient Mariner, was sunk as an artificial reef off Deerfield Beach

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