SS BRECONSHIRE (“The Boiler”)
Average Depth: 12 ft.
Max Depth: 20 ft.
Breconshire: This wreck, which is also known as the Boiler Wreck, was built in 1833 by Sunderland SB Co. in Sunderland, England. Originally named the Numida, she was 299.7 feet long, had a 37.2 foot beam, displaced 2,544 gross tons and was powered by a 250 nhp compound engine. The Beconshire was owned by Jenkins & Co. of London and was en route from New York to Tampa when she wrecked on April 30, 1894, at Bethel Creek.
Ten short years ago, you could see the boiler of the ship sitting high above the waves. But salt water and metal don’t mix well, and the boiler finally surrendered to corrosion and rests closer to the ocean floor. Committed divers still make their way out there every Fourth of July to fly the American flag from its position, and Vero Beach locals know exactly where to look to find the now hidden remains of the British steamer that went down over 100 years ago
The wreck now rests in 15 to 20 feet of water only 150 yards offshore. In fact this dive is often done as a beach dive. Divers wanting to find the wreck should head east on St Rd 60 to the end. The wreck will be found 150 yards east, off the beach. The wreck’s boiler protrudes through the surface. Divers will be able to recognize her boiler, winches, her engine and other machinery. The wrecks mast can be found about 50 feet south of her boiler.
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