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Empire Mica

The HMS Empire Mica was a 465-foot-long British tanker in use during WWII. Built in 1941, it carried fuel for the Royal Air Force. On June 29th, 1942, it was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank 21 miles due south of Florida’s Cape San Blas in 110 feet of water. Today, the wreck is a shadow of the magnificent tanker it once represented after the Coast Guard bombed the stern and bridge to reduce threat to navigation. Much of the wreck is now a dilapidated conglomeration of iron silently crewed by snapper, grouper, barracudas, and bait fish.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
June 29, 1942 110 ft. 465 ft. 61 ft. 29° 18.6822’ N
085° 21.228’ W
Date of Sinking June 29, 1942
Depth 110 ft.
Length 465 ft.
Beam 0 ft.
Location 29° 18.6822’ N
085° 21.228’ W

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