Islamorada-The Eagle

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Friday      6/25/2011
Last Day to Register 6/23/11

Time Schedule
0715 – Briefing and Waivers
0830 – Boat Departs
1230 – Boat Returns
1330 – Debrief and lunch

Dive Charter &  Location

Florida Keys Dive Shop
90451 Old Highway,
Tavernier, FL 33070-2349

How to get there:
Keep coming south on US 1 to Mile Marker 90.5.  You will have gone over the Tavernier Creek Bridge.  At the stoplight, we are on your left with a mural of two dolphins and a diver on the side of the building.

Approximate Number of Proposed Divers

Required Diving Qualification
NITROX Advanced Open Water, certified to 130 ft.

Dive Site
The Eagle

Built in Holland in 1962, this freighter was acquired and sunk by the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Association in 1985. She lies outside the reef on a flat sandy bottom six miles off Lower Matecumbe Key. The vessel is resting on her starboard side in 110 feet of water.

The Eagle lies on her starboard side in 110 feet of water three miles northeast of Alligator Reef Light. On the night of December 19, 1985, while waiting to be sunk as an artificial reef next to the Alexander Barge, the Eagle broke from her moorings. Her port anchor was dropped to prevent further drifting in the current and she was sunk at that spot.


The Eagle, then known as the Raila Dan, was launched at Werf-Gorinchem, Holland, in December 1962 as a conventional hull freighter. She had several owners and seven name changes after her launching. On October 6, 1985, she caught fire. Two U.S. Coast Guard cutters responded to her distress call, but the ship’s superstructure was destroyed. After being declared a total loss, the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Association purchased her for $30,000 and Joe Teitelbaum, a private citizen, donated another $20,000 to help create an artificial reef. The ship was then named the Eagle Tire Company, and was cleaned, gutted of all wooden parts, and all oil and fuel was removed to protect the marine life in the area.


The Eagle has a number of interesting structural features that make it a notable dive attraction. A large anchor chain exits the hawse pipe on the port bow, and continues a considerable distance before disappearing in the sand. Two large mast assemblies rest on the bottom. One is set on the forecastle; the other, amidships between cargo bays. Each has its own ladder and observation platform in place. Toward the stern there is a tandem set of cargo booms. Heat damage from the fire can be observed in the stern quarter. The deck railings at 70 feet, and her propeller and rudder at 110 feet, are still intact. In 1998, the Eagle was broken in two by Hurricane Georges.

Marine Life Commonly Observed on this Site:

  • Watch for these fish: grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjacks, silversides, and grunts.
  • Look for these plants and bottom dwelling organisms: green algae, sponges, sea rods, sea whips, black coral, branching fire coral, and starlet coral.

Dive Profile

Double deep in The Eagle! 110Ft max

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Tank Mixture
NITROX, 31% Oxygen


SSE wind 5 to 11 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Boat Description and Amenities
We’re proud to say we now have 2 – 46′ newton custom dive boats. The Orion, which is our newest as well as the Big Dipper. These 49 passenger (36 diver) state of the art, speedster allows us to access all of the best dive sites in the Key Largo and the Middle Keys from Pennekamp Park down to the reefs of Islamorada

US Coast Guard Approved Vessel

Special Scuba Cat Member Rate

Regular cost= 90-100$ with tanks
Scuba Cats dive for
46$/diver for charter (includes tax and tip!) ~42% savings!
62$/diver for charter with tanks (includes tax and tip!)

SCUBA CATS Club members friendscan join us too!

Rental equiptment specials:
Equiptment rental specials are being arranged for you!

All divers will be responsible to rent or bring their own equiptment including: Mask, Fins, Snorkle, BC, Regulator with Pressure and Depth Gauge, Timing Device, tanks (with appropriate NITROX mix if applicable), and weights.

Decompression status and repetitive dive plans
All dives are planned for no decompression

Special Safety procedures
Predive Briefing
Arrangement of dive buddies. No club member can dive alone.
Dive buddy checks

Emergency Contacts

Recompression Chamber: Click here to see the list
Hospital & Police: 911
Divers Alert Network:  1-919-684-9111

Any hazardous conditions anticipated
Mild to strong current.
All divers will adhere to the Clubs Safe Diving Practices. Emergency oxygen for first aid will be available aboard the boat.

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