USCGC Ruby-E Wreck
Depth ~65ft - 85ft
Minimum Qualifications: Advanced Open Water Certification
Prepare to embark on a captivating journey back in time as we delve into the intriguing history of the Ruby E, a 166-foot United States Coast Guard Cutter that now thrives as an artificial reef. Originally constructed during the prohibition era, this vessel faithfully served the U.S. Coast Guard before embarking on new adventures.
After being decommissioned, the Ruby E found herself in the hands of various owners, first utilized as a commercial fishing vessel and later involved in illicit drug activities. Fate took an ironic turn when she was confiscated by the U.S. Coast Guard, only to be sold again at auction. For years, she lay abandoned, a mere shell of her former self, until her owner made the decision to sink her as the second addition to the illustrious Wreck Alley.
On the fateful day of her sinking, July 18th, 1989, the Ruby E descended into the ocean depths without the use of explosives, defying expectations by gracefully landing upright in the sandy seabed. Miraculously preserved, she remains intact, adorned in a stunning array of anemones and teeming with marine life.
Although delicate, the Ruby E offers remarkable opportunities for novice divers to venture into her interiors, providing an immersive experience into her hidden chambers. As you explore, be prepared to encounter a myriad of marine species that have made this wreck their home, enriching the underwater landscape with their vibrant presence.
Join us as we unravel the mysteries of the Ruby E, where the past meets the present in an extraordinary fusion of history and marine life. Whether you're a beginner seeking an unforgettable adventure or an experienced diver yearning for new discoveries, this remarkable dive site promises to leave you awe-inspired at every turn.