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Shipwrecks of South Carolina

  • Bill Perry This site is a recent addition to the South Carolina Artificial Reef Program. Sunk in the early 1990s, it contains various vessels that attract a variety of fish, including grouper, snapper and tropical.


  • BP-25 In 1985 this 160 ft. British Petroleum tanker was sunk as part of South Carolina's Artificial Reef Program. The wreck serves as fish magnet, attracting a rich community of marine life. Depth of this artifical reef is 90 feet.

  • City of Houston After leaving New York with a cargo of Christmas goods bound for Texas, this 290 ft. passenger/freight ship encountered a fierce storm and sank in 90 ft. of water 55 miles off of South Carolina. Extensive marine life and abundant artifacts make this diveworth the trip.

  • Composite Wreck This is a site that very few people have ever seen. The depth is 130 feet and makes this site for advanced divers only. The wreck is about 175 feet long and has ribs sticking out of the sand. Brass spikes can be found and a few pieces of china have been recovered.

  • Governer 200 ft. Civil War paddle wheeler that lies in 80 feet of water 22 miles off the coast. This site offers everything from brass artifacts to Southern stingrays and a variety of other marine creatures.

  • Ore Freighter Also known as the 18 Fathom wreck, this wreck's identity is also a mystery. She probably sank in the early 1900's. This site is for advanced divers only. The depth is 128 feet and the trip out is long. For those who make the journey the site is 300 ft. + long.

  • Pipe Wreck This small unidentified site is a dual paddle wheeler that sank during the 1800's. The allure of being the person that finds something to identify this site makes it very special. To date only a few artifacts have been recovered. The depth is around 80 feet.

  • Raritan This 251 ft. steel freighter ran aground on Frying Pan Shoals in February 1942. She was carrying a cargo of coffee to New York. Broken into two pieces in 90 ft. of water, the bow and the stern remain intact with lush coral growth and abundant tropical marine life.

  • Sherman Originally a 200 ft. blockade-runner, this 120 year old post-Civil War wreck lies in 52 feet of water, about 6 miles offshore. Surrounded by multitudes of marine life, this wreck offers a variety of artifacts for the careful hunter. US belt buckles, buttons, bottles and fossils have been found on this site. Great for new or experienced diver.

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