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Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail

Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail

Black Bart

Black Bart

Christened Vulcano del Golfo in 1977, this offshore oilfield supply vessel was sunk as an artificial reef in 1993 in memory of Navy Supervisor of Salvage Captain Charles “Black Bart” Bartholomew. Divers can swim through the intact wheelhouse at 40 feet, investigate the deck at 66 feet, and explore the open cargo holds at 80 feet. Visitors to Black Bart can also visit the ship’s head (complete with toilet) and the galley (that’s the kitchen for you landlubbers) which still has several appliances.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
July 27, 1993 85 ft. 185 ft. 38 ft. 30° 03.648’ N
085° 49.433’ W
Date of Sinking July 27, 1993
Depth 85 ft.
Length 185 ft.
Beam 38 ft.
Location 30° 03.648’ N
085° 49.433’ W

Panama City, FL

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