Looking For Something Florida Keys Related?
Search here for what you want (ads also appear)
Was Joes Tug, A Popular Key West Diving Site The Victim Of Piracy?
No one really knows for sure who took Joes Tug from the Key West harbor, and likely we never will.
In keeping with the time honored tradition plaguing many of the Florida Keys shipwrecks, this Key West scuba site manifests it's own set of strange oddities.
This Key West wreck also goes by a number of different names, including Tim's Tug and Joe's Wreck.
First Joe's Wreck was not what her name described. She was in fact a 75 foot steel hulled shrimp boat.
Second, she sank while in Key West harbor, and was eventually refloated, cleaned and prepared for scuttling.
However, like so many other vessels prepped to be an artificial reef, she never ended up at her intended destination. But unlike those wayward vessels, she didn't simply sink before reaching her final resting place, she was stolen.
Late on the evening before her scheduled departure for Miami FL, unknown suspects towed her out of a Key West harbor. En route to their mystery destination, she sank in about 65 feet of water.
Key West Scuba Diving On Joes Tug Courtesy of YouTube and ExtraneousSolutions
Wreck Diving Conditions
This old vessel suffered considerable damage after Hurricane George swept through the area in 1998. The strong winds and waves eventually broke the old shrimp boat apart, and the remnants of the bow and stern are positioned about 30 feet apart.
The ship sits upright, so even though the wheelhouse has decayed somewhat, Key West divers can easily access it along with the aft deck and hull.
Here are a variety of dive maps for the Florida Keys, some are compilations of the various and more popular dive sites, while others are in a memory card format for Garmin GPS.
You'll want to check out these dive cards and maps as they can really boost the quality of your next dive and help you with your preparedness plans.
When you're wreck diving on Joes Tug you'll find that her sections are attractively offset by the brilliant colors of tropical fish, vibrant coral and sponges that surround her.
This abundant variation of marine life and the clear water, is one of the reasons she's a popular dive site for avid underwater photographers.
Another reason Joe's Wreck is such a popular Key West diving site, is that Elvis, the giant goliath grouper may still be present.
For years this grouper has dominated the remains of this vessel and if he's still there, you'll want to make sure you capture a picture of yourself with this famous, very large fish.
This old shrimper is also within easy distance of another popular Key West dive site, the
Cayman Salvage Master. This makes coming back and wreck diving on Tim's tug a very good second dive site.
This is also not as advanced a scuba diving site as the Cayman Salvage Master, so even though certain skills are required, it'll be a more relaxing end of the day dive for everyone.
At-A-Glance Wreck Diving Description and GPS Coordinates
Joe's Tug - aka Joe's Wreck, Tim's Tug - Shrimp boat - 75' Location
Near Key West, 6 miles S of Stock Island GPS Co-ordinates
24 27.850N 81 44.270 W Markers
Intermediate - Advanced Depth
Excellent Wreck Diving Description
Remains are upright but have been torn and somewhat dispersed due to hurricanes and weather. Bow and stern are approximately 35' apart Marine Life Sea sponges, eels, numeours tropical fish, yellowtail,
barracuda, goliath grouper,
Anyone scuba diving Key West who's looking for a bit of "pirate" mystery will want to visit this unsolved whodunit. Not only will it's history pique your curiosity, it's surrounding beauty will captivate you.
FTC Compliance Disclaimer and Affiliate Program Sponsor Disclosure
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases such as the various items displayed on my website available through Amazon. We also earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to other affiliate sites florida-keys-vacation.com is associated with including but not necessarily limited to Amazon, Conversant/Commission Junction, Fishingbooker.com, Google Adsense, and Sitesell.
We are currently testing various affiliate monetization options, including Conversant/Commission Junction, Adsense, Sitesell, Fishingbooker and Amazon Associates Affiliate Program. Expect to see a variety of banner, image, and text link ads throughout this site, in various places, as we try out different sizes, styles, formats, companies and programs, to determine which ones are a best fit for this site. You can expect to see ads moved and changed until we find the ones we feel best fits our goals.
We've been approved by Google to participate in one of their Google ad programs, that displays "intelligent" and "responsive" ads based off of YOUR internet browsing search history, showing you ads based of YOUR interests. These new AI ads are part of Google's artificial intelligence program, known as RankBrain, and are displayed based on which web site you've visited in the last 28 days, as well as items you've bought off online stores, and any search terms you've typed into your browser. We may occasionally opt into this ad program but we have no control over what ads this AI ad program displays, as the ads are based off your browser history and not our web site topics.
Promotions, discounts and offers identified throughout this website are made available through a variety of sources including the above listed affiliates of florida-keys-vacation.com. As such, this website may receive compensation for products and services that are subsequently purchased through the referred affiliate. These monies help fund, operate and maintain this website.
In operating this website we are associated with a variety of other companies. They may be social media websites,
or affiliate organizations that sell a variety of products through merchants such as Conversant/Commission Junction
or Amazon, Google and their different product lines, as well as Fishingbooker.com and Sitesell.
The following list of companies and social media groups we're associated with provides links to their different