Coordinates for indiction only - PLEASE do not dive this wreck from your own boat
(Natural Wreck)?The Northern Light was a Great Lakes steam freighter built in 1888. It was 300′ in length with a 40′ beam. The Northern Light is also somewhat unique in that it used a three-phase steam engine that produced 240 horsepower. These engines were developed near the end of the steam era. In 1927, the owner attempted to commit insurance fraud by setting fire to the ship, badly damaging it. It was then cut down and converted into a barge. In 1930, the Northern Light broke into two parts during a terrible storm and sank off Elbow reef, Key Largo with the loss of 5 lives. This wreck is our most popular technical diving site due to its depth range and proximity to our dock. She lies in 190fsw, off Elbow Reef in Key Largo and is home to a large number of Bull sharks, a massive nurse shark, numerous grouper and schools of Jacks. ??Diving at the site is dictated by the location of the Gulf Stream in relation to the wreck. If it is too close or over the site, then it will be un-diveable. When the Gulf Stream is further out, then it is often perfect diving conditions. Check with us before you plan your trip and we will advise you of expected dive conditions.
Please note that this is a technical dive and requires divers to have:
- a minimum of "Advanced Recreational Trimix" (i.e. 160fsw/50msw) - to dive with Silent World technical guide
- preferably "Normoxic Trimix"/Technical Diver (200fsw/60msw)
- from a recognized agency, e.g. IANTD, TDI, CMAS, BSAC, PADI
Visiting the area - we can supply full technical equipment rental - call for details