Dive Site: Noula Express Wreck
City: Deerfield Beach / Boca Raton, Florida
Coordinates: 26 19.278′ N 80 03.448′ W
Type of Dive: South Florida Boat / Line Down Dive
Depth: 83ft Sand
Last Updated: 11/30/2015
History of the Noula Express Wreck:
The Noula Express wreck is a 114-foot Danish freighter that lies one mile southeast of the Boca Raton Inlet in 83 feet of water. Located at the county line of Broward and Palm Beach county, this wreck was the first joint artificial reef project for the two counties, as they split the $30,000 cost to acquire the Noula Express from a Miami salvage company.
while explosives are used to sink many wrecks, the Noula Express wreck was flooded. This decision was made to help reduce the structural damage during its sinking on July 12, 1988. Workers used wielding torches to cut holes into the Noula Express’ black and red steel hull prior to sinking. As water flooded the vessel, it took only five minutes for the Noula Express to arrive at its final resting place in 83 feet of water.
Originally named Danaland in Denmark in 1938, the vessel was sold in 1954 and renamed Trean then Kornmod, Kormoran, Cantadora, La Verdad and then finally Noula Express. In 1984 when it was known as Kormoran, the Coast Guard confiscated the vessel after finding marijuana on board. Later, a disabled engine forced the freighter into dry dock for four year, until it was bought for the purpose of becoming the artificial reef known today as the Noula Express wreck.
Diving the Noula Express Wreck:
The Noula Express was a popular wreck dive for many years. Then Hurricane Andrew hit in August 1992 and it’s force unfortunately tore the Noula Express into two sections while wrecking much of the artificial reef. While many dive operations still visit this site, it’s not nearly as popular as it was prior to 1992.
The Noula express is a part of the wreck triangle which includes the United Caribbean and the Sea Emperor. They are approximately 300′ to the west.