Freighter San Pablo
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The second site on the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail and possibly the best dive on the Florida Gulf Coast. The Freighter San Pablo is locally known as the “Russian Freighter” due to her mysterious sinking off the Pensacola Coast during WWII. Her true fate only became known when her full story was disclosed as she was selected to be placed on the Shipwreck Trail. American agents working to develop a “missile” vessel to sink Japanese ships in their own harbors sank the freighter with a radio-controlled boat carrying over 3,000 lbs. of explosives. Her wreckage is scattered across the seafloor at a depth of 80 feet where divers can explore her three main boilers, refrigeration coils, and huge sections of twisted metal structures from the 315 foot long vessel. She is home to a wide range of species of fish and often visibility is only limited due to the sheer number of fish in the water surrounding the shipwreck. At only 9 nautical miles from the Pensacola Pass, she is a great dive site for an Inshore Trip.
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The Russian Freighter (San Pablo)
Lat 30:11.305 - Lon 87:13.095