OverviewThe U.S.C.G.C. Duane currently lies submerged and upright at a depth of 120 ft. in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary near Key Largo, Florida.
Much of the upper deck of the cutter was left open making it great for exploring the interior.
The visibility can often be 100 ft. at the U.S.C.G.C Duane making it a favorite of many divers. There can be strong currents as it sits outside the nearby reef so you must be an advanced diver and/or have proof of your diving ability to dive the U.C.G.C. Duane since most dive shops will not take you out otherwise. Of course to penetrate, you will also need your wreck diving certification.
It is recommended to stay in shallower waters to maximize your bottom time as there is a lot to see between 60 and 100 feet.
UnderwaterThe crows nest and mast can be seen at about 50 to 60 feet down and the hull and most of the ship is intact.
The hull is heavily encrusted with corals of all colors and larger animals such as amberjacks, turtles, jewfish, cobia, and schools of barracuda can be seen near or above the cutter.