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Belzona Two, Miami-Dade

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The author, Robin Burr, photographed on this artificial reef not long after the sinking took place
The author, Robin Burr, photographed on this artificial reef not long after the sinking took place
© 2010 Robert A. Burr

The Belzona Two, a 90-foot wrought iron tug of early 1900's vintage, settled to her new home in sixty feet of water on Thursday, February 21, 1991, in the Key Biscayne Artificial Reef Site. On that day, despite protesting seas of four feet with a generous mix of higher waves, the new Belzona quickly succumbed to the small, 25 pound charge of dynamite.

Belzona II used to be within visual distance of Belzona III, but is now a long but manageable swim away. Located within fairly easy swimming distance of the II is the Belzona Barge which sits about 80 feet to the north.

Please go out and enjoy the Belzonas and remember that the Key Biscayne Artificial Reef Site is a Federally designated and protected Special Management Zone, SMZ, which prohibits any and all spearfishing on this site. In addition, the use of fish traps, bottom long line fishing gear and the taking of jewfish by any method is prohibited.

Loran coordinates are Lattitude 25 41' 45.5" Longitude 80 5' 15.6"

Robin V. Burr, Scuba Examiner
Personal Scuba Instruction
Miami, Florida USA

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