MV Adolphus Busch

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Name: Adolphus Busch
Operator: Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co Ltd, Dundee
Builder: Burntisland Shipbuilding Company, Fife
Yard number: 336
Launched: 20 December 1950
Completed: 12 March 1951
Renamed: 1951-1967: London
1967-1988: Topsail Star
1988-1994: Sophie Express
1994-1995: Princess Tarrah
1995-1998 Ocean Alley
1998 Adolphus Busch I
Fate: Wrecked at Port-au-Prince on 24 September 1998
Stripped and scuttled
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 706 tons
1,186 deadweight tons
Length: 213 ft (65 m) overall
197 ft (60 m) pp
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)

The Adolphus Busch was a cargo ship that was sunk off of Looe Key, Florida, as an artificial reef and dive site.[1]

The ship was built as London by the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company, Fife, Scotland, for the Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co Ltd, Dundee and was launched on 20 December 1950. She sailed under a number of names during her career before she was wrecked at Port-au-Prince on 24 September 1998 under the name Ocean Alley. The wreck was bought by Adolphus Busch IV and named after either himself, or his great-grandfather, Adolphus Busch. He had the ship stripped out and arranged for its sinking as an artificial reef.[2] The boat was sunk on December 5, 1998.[3]

Current status[edit]

The Busch currently rests upright on a sand bottom at an average depth of 80 feet. Maximum depth is 110 feet. The wreck is fully penetrable, and can be entered through the bridge or cargo holds. The machinery in the engine room is still present and presents the only major entanglement hazard to divers. The glass from the wheelhouse windows and the covers to the cargo holds have been removed.

Multiple mooring balls are secured to the wreck to allow boats to tie up to the site. Reef fish are common on the site, as are large jewfish, eels, and large pelagic fish. Sharks have been seen on the reef, but are not considered typical.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dive Sites - Florida Keys
  2. ^ Adolphus Busch - Marathon SCUBA Site - Dive Spots
  3. ^ South Florida Divers, Inc. SCUBA Club The Wrecks We Dive
  4. ^ Dive site page: Adolphus-Busch - wreck -LowerKeysDivesites.com:Scuba diving in Paradise, the lower Florida Keys scuba divers Key West to Big Pine Key with underwater tropical reef fish and see maps of wrecks at diveshops

Coordinates: 24°31′51″N 81°27′41″W / 24.5307°N 81.4615°W / 24.5307; -81.4615