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 760 S Federal Hwy
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
954-422-9982
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3000 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-491-7793

12/31/21 United Caribbean



The United Caribbean is a steel cargo ship 147' long. The bow points towards the southeast. Off the stern rock boulders were placed in a line leading divers to and from the wreck of the Sea Emperor 250' to the northeast. The United Caribbean is one of the wrecks in the Boca/Deerfield wreck triangle. Due to the close proximity to two other wrecks and a reef, it populated very quickly. Many of the same marine residents that occupy the Emperor can be seen on the Caribbean. The wreck moved slightly and sustained some damage during hurricane Wilma.

The United Caribbean was built in 1969 and named the Golden Venture. It was registered Panamanian to operate only in waters off Singapore. But by the early 1990's, she was being used by smugglers to illegally ferry people and illegal drugs. June 6, 1993 the Golden Venture ran aground on Rockaway Beach in New York. The ship was smuggling 286 illegal immigrants from China. In their attempt to flee the stranded ship and get to shore in the United States, ten people drowned. The ship was later sold and renamed the United Caribbean and was used a s a cargo vessel in the Caribbean. The ship eventually became part of the Palm Beach Artificial Reef Program and was sunk on August 22, 2000. There are even a few movies that chronical the horrifying journey of the 286 immigrants.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Must be Open Water Certified or in training
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