- Type: Anchor Dive
- Depth range: 50 ft. - 70 ft.
- Skill level: Open Water Certification
- Length (160 ft.). Former USCG Cutter "Nemesis" that was decommissioned and turned into a floating restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. Among it's most recent dinner guests are Great Barracudas and a large Moray Eel. The Ancient Mariner's close proximity to a natural reef create an abundance of marine life. Also 150 degrees 150 ft. SE of her bow lies The Berry Patch Tug. When the conditions are right you can actually do both on the same dive.
History: The Ancient Mariner was built in Port Pleasant; West Virginia in the 1930's and was launched as the USCG Nemesis. Her early duties as a Coast Guard Cutter was to patrol the coast and carry out lifeguard duties before being drafted into the war and used for convoy duties both in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic hunting down German submarines with some success. Later she was used as a floating restaurant but was condemned for the largest outbreak of food poisoning in the history of Ft. Lauderdale, she was sunk as an artificial reef in 1991.
She was sunk in June 1991 still fully fitted with the extravagant fixtures used to convert the ship to look like a three tier African steamer. When she originally settled on the bottom in 70 feet of water this 165 foot cutter looked a mess. However Hurricane Andrew helped remove the superfluous fittings and the cutter looks like a ship once again.
With an average depth of 50 feet around this wreck there is plenty of bottom time and plenty to see and explore.