Rebel Wreck | Fort Lauderdale Wreck Dive

Dive Site: Rebel Wreck
City: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Coordinates: 26 10.253′ N 80 04.332′ W
Type of Dive: South Florida Boat / Line Down Dive
Depth: 111ft Sand
Last Updated: 7/8/2019

Diving The Rebel Wreck:

Originally named Cornelis, what we know as the Rebel Wreck today is a 135-foot-long, 24-foot-wide Norwegian coastal freighter that was built in 1947.

In the early 1980s she was sold and renamed St. Andrea. In August 1984 she was confiscated when the crew used the vessel to smuggle marijuana into the United States. The seized vessel was purchased by a Fort Lauderdale resident for $17,500 at a U.S. Customs auction. The buyer, who stayed anonymous, donated the ship to the Broward County Artificial Reef Program to be turned into an attraction for scuba divers. It’s rumored that the buyer named it Rebel after his/her dog.

On July 16, 1985, at 10:30am, the Rebel became the wreck we know today when the Broward Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Squad placed dynamite in the bilge to sink it. The location, just north of Oakland Park Blvd., was chosen to relieve the overcrowding on the Mercedes which the county sunk on March 30, 1985.

Since her final voyage to the bottom of the Atlantic 30+ years ago, she’s been through many hurricanes. Today, the Rebel Wreck lays on a reef in multiple pieces in 111 feet of water. At 88 feet, the stern is the highest point of the wreck. Countless schooling fish call the coral-entrusted Rebel home.

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Due to the Rebel Wreck being spread out, scuba divers should make a mental note of where the dive boat is tied to, as well as where it’s located as they explore. It’s not uncommon for divers to become disoriented from where the down line is when diving the awesome Rebel Wreck.

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