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Wreck Dives: Sheridan

Sheridan Wreck Tampa

Cool Wreck to check out. Lots of stuff to see and take pics of.

The Sheridan is a tug that was sunk off the coast of Clearwater as part of Florida’s Artificial Reef Program. The Sheridan was not blown apart to be sunk, instead it was sunk by opening tru-hull fittings and allowing the water to flow in.

This non-destructive method of sinking the boat has kept this wreck in beautiful diving condition.

Sheridan Wreck Clearwater Tampa Wiki

The Sheridan was a 180 foot long ocean tug boat that sank inside the Pinellas #2 Artificial Reef Site near Tampa and Clearwater.

Sheridan Wreck Tampa

Sheridan Wreck Tampa

The wreck lies fully upright, intact and lists slightly to starboard. She has many openings for entering the wreck which we only advise for experienced wreck divers.

Its deepest sections are at 75 feet of water while the top can be found at only forty feet below the surface. So, when diving at this dive site, you can see parts of the ship during your whole dive.

Many consider the Sheridan to be one of the best wreck dives in the Tampa/Clearwater area.

The Sheridan is home to several Goliath Grouper and barracuda and always has lots of marine life to observe. Spanish mackerel, amberjack, crevelle jack, trigger fish, snapper, and even the occasional shark frequent the reef site.

This is a great spot to take pictures of some large grouper.

Advanced wreck divers will enjoy exploring the open compartments. The tug lists about 50 degrees to starboard with its prop in place. The top of the wreck can be reached at 25-30 feet.

The wreck is surrounded by concrete culverts and tires. (courtesy Divebuddy)

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