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Wreck Dives: Copenhagen

Dive boats often visit the shallow wreck, which is popular with local scuba divers and snorkelers. With an estimated 10,000 visitors per year, it is by far the most popular underwater preserve in the state.

SS Copenhagen Wreck Fort Lauderdale Wiki

SS Copenhagen is a shipwreck off the town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida, United States.

The single screw steamer was built in Sunderland, England in 1898, sinking in 1900.

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Located on the Pompano Dropoff reef south of Hillsboro Inlet, it became the fifth Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve when it was dedicated in 1994.

There is a plaque noting this distinction south of the wreck.

This was followed on 31 May 2001 with its addition to the US National Register of Historic Places. (Wikipedia)

A 19th-century steel-hulled schooner-rigged screw steamship, the SS Copenhagen was constructed in Sunderland, England.

It was registered in Glasgow, Scotland, to the Glasgow Shipowners Company, Ltd., which used the vessel to transport cargo across the Atlantic. Launched in 1898, the Copenhagen met a watery grave only two years later during a voyage between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Havana, Cuba.

The Copenhagen was transporting some 4,940 tons of coal when, without warning, it ran aground and became stranded on a reef.

The crew began to unload cargo and efforts were made to free the ship from the reef but, ultimately, the vessel was abandoned. (Further reading at nps.gov)

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