The United States First Steel Battleship, the USS Massachusetts rests in only 22 feet of water just two nm from the shore and very near the Pensacola pass. She is listed as an Underwater Archaeological Preserve and is protected from removal of any artifacts from the site. The 500 foot long battleship was built in 1893 and scuttled by the Navy in 1927 used as target practice. The top of the stern gun turret still breaches the surface at low tide. This site must be accessed about two hours prior to the peak of high tide to avoid the strong currents that flow out the Pensacola Pass.