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Erl King

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Average Rating: 3.875
Average Depth: 15 ft.
Max Depth: 20 ft.

    The vessel Erl King was a 305-foot three-masted, single screw, iron auxiliary steamer with a 34-foot beam. Built in 1865 by A. and J. Inglis Shipbuilders, the steamer displaced 2,180 tons.

    On December 16, 1891, The Erl King ran aground on Long Reef during a voyage from Swansea, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Wreckers were able to salvage much of her cargo, but the Erl King was declared a total loss. By early January 1892, the site was abandoned, though later scrap salvage expeditions were reported.

    Today, the Erl King rests in 20 feet of water off Long Reef within Biscayne National Park. The site is a marine preserve offering both divers and snorkelers spectacular underwater vistas. The outline of the collapsed hull remains framed by metal hull plates and wreckage. Concrete, which was stored in wooden barrels, has solidified and can be found near the wreckage.

    Boaters are advised to use caution as the shallow waters near the reef often create strong surge conditions.

    The Erl King is one of five historic wrecks designated as part of the Biscayne National Park "Shipwreck Trail". The shallow waters and surrounding coral reef make this a fantastic snorkeling location.

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