QUEEN OF NASSAU
Depth: 230 fsw
Location: Islamorada-FL Keys
GPS: 24 47.165N 080 39.546W
First dive date:July 14, 2002
The Association of Underwater Explorers have identified a shipwreck resting in 220 feet of water off Islamorada as the steamer Queen of Nassau, formerly the gunboat C.G.S. Canada. The Queen of Nassau sunk on July 2, 1926, while en route from Miami to Tampa. At the time, she was owned by Barron Gift Collier, Sr., a prominent Florida businessman who was largely responsible for the development of Southwest Florida.
Built in England in 1904, the Canada became the flagship of the Canadian Fisheries Protection Service. She was 200 feet long and 25 feet wide, a miniature version of a naval cruiser. Stationed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the primary responsibility of the C.G.S. Canada was the protection of Canadian fishing interests in the northwest Atlantic, though she conducted numerous other maritime duties. In 1911, she became the primary training ship for the newly-established Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.). Many of the new officers trained on the Canada would go on to lead the R.C.N. in years to come. Eventually commissioned into the R.C.N. in 1914, she served as a patrol vessel throughout World War I. Decommissioned in 1919, she returned to the Fisheries Protection Service until her subsequent sale in 1924.
The information above has been extract from the A.U.E. website, visit them for more info.
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