Diving the USCG Bibb

One of the stops on Blue Iguana Charters stops on our seven ships in seven days trips is the USCG Bibb. The USCG Bibb and the USCG Duane are sister ships and lie less then a half mile apart. One up right and one on its side.

The USCG Bibb wreck is a former Coast Guard ship built in 1937. The Bibb served in patrols and as a convoy escort during World War II. She took part in the invasion of Okinawa and was in service in Vietnam. The 327-foot vessel had a beam of 41 feet and drew 13 feet of water. The ship is in pristine condition.

In 1987, the Bibb and another cutter, the Duane, were stripped and prepared for sinking. The doors above the main deck were removed, but the hull was sealed. The Bibb rests on her starboard side in 130 feet of water. The port railing can be reached at 95 feet. Penetration is not recommend as there are many possible entanglements and obstructions, and often extremely strong currents.

The Bibb is close enough to the Gulf stream to have incredible visibility and some very large marine life. Sharks and Goliath Grouper are routinely spotted here, as are hordes of smaller fishes and barracudas.

For the advanced wreck diver, the Bibb is a dive not to be missed! Remember to wear gloves on this shipwreck, the fishermen love this one so it always has lots of fishing line on the moorings.

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