After we spent a week in Key West, we left on Saturday morning and headed to Jewfish Basin to anchor for a few days. On our way there, we stopped at a local dive spot called Alexander’s Wreck. Corey had found this spot on his research of dive spots in the Key West area and since it was on the way, we decided to check it out. We were glad we did.
Alexander’s Wreck is located 5 miles west of Key West and is marked by a buoy. It was originally a 300-foot U.S. Navy destroyer escort called the USS Amesbury. As a decommissioned U.S. Navy vessel, Chet Alexander Marine Salvage in Key West intended to sink the ship as artificial reef in a deep water location. Enroute to its final destination, the vessel grounded and was unable to be re-floated. The wreck, which sits in 25 feet of water, was further broken in half from a hurricane in the early 1960s that left a 150-yard gap between the bow and stern.
We were very impressed with this wreck as it was very intact and some of the structure were very recognizable. visibility was good (not as good as Dry Tortugas but still good) and the wreck has a lot of marina life including a school of the largest angelfish I have seen. It was great to get in another dive for us since we were unable to head back to the Dry Tortugas due to weather. After our dive, we headed to Jewfish Basin … more on that soon!