Wreck Dives: Adolphus Busch

Adolphus Busch Marathon

The Adolphus Busch has transformed into a great Wreck Dive just offshore in the Florida Keys On December 5, 1998 the Adolphus Busch was sank intentionally along the reef in the Florida Keys.

Yes, this is the family that owns the Busch Brewing Co. It sits upright in the sand in one hundred feet of water.(Divebuddy)

Adolphus Busch Wiki

The Adolphus Busch was a cargo ship that was sunk off of Looe Key, Florida, as an artificial reef and dive site.

Adolphus Busch

courtesy of Divespots

The ship was built as London by the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company, Fife, Scotland, for the Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co Ltd, Dundee and was launched on 20 December 1950.

She sailed under a number of names during her career before she was wrecked at Port-au-Prince on 24 September 1998 under the name Ocean Alley.

The wreck was bought by August Adolphus Busch IV and named after his great-grandfather, Adolphus Busch. He had the ship stripped out and arranged for its sinking as an artificial reef to help preserve marine habitat. The ship was sunk on 5 December 1998

The Adolphus Busch rests upright on a sand bottom at an average depth of 80 feet (24.3 meters). Maximum depth is 110 feet (33.5 meters).

The wreck is fully penetrable, and can be entered through the bridge or cargo holds. The machinery in the engine room is still present and presents the only major entanglement hazard to divers.

The glass from the wheelhouse windows and the covers to the cargo holds have been removed. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

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