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Local Diving - Ship Wrecks - Budweiser Bar

The Budweiser Bar
Photo by Capt. Bill Helfferich
 26.28.70N 80.02.31W

This 169 foot long coastal freighter was built in Germany in 1968 and used  to transport dry goods between Florida, the Bahamas, and Haiti.

Formerly named the M/S Havel, she was renamed the Budweiser Bar after the company that donated one third of the money need to sink her as an artificial reef. The other donors were the Boynton Beach Dive Operators Association, and Palm Beach County.

Before sinking, the aluminum wheel house and Deutz diesel engine were salvaged for scrap metal. Also, two swim throughs were cut into the hold.

On July 16, 1987 she was sunk in 95 feet of water where she sits today, upright with her bow to the South.

The hold and engine room are easily penetrated and the propeller can be turned from the outside or from the engine room. Other portions of the wreck including the crews quarters, galley, and the bow should only be penetrated by skilled wreck divers.

A special thanks is due to Mike Gray for researching this wreck for this write-up.

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Specifications
Michael Gray
61K
Deutz Engine Plate
Michael Gray
22K
Goliath Fish
a.k.a. Jew Fish
Ed Tichenor
50K
Diver by Prop
Ed Tichenor
87K

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Dive Two Wrecks On One Dive

On a good day, with little current and decent visibility, you can follow the artificial reef rubble piles that connect the Budweiser Bar (95 fsw) and the Captain Tony (85 fsw).

When starting from the Budweiser Bar, leave the wreck from the stern on the starboard side (northwest corner) and follow the rubble piles to the North while favoring a slightly westward dive to shallower water. The swim takes about 10 minutes and is best done on Nitrox EANx36 to get the bottom time you need to see both wrecks and make the return swim.
   

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