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A great shallow water dive, the wreck of Vamar lies in 25 feet of water. Built in England as a patrol gunboat, the steamer became famous for carrying Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s American expedition to Antarctica in 1928. She brought supplies to the polar base including the airplanes that made the first aerial flyover of the South Pole. After the expedition, Vamar became a tramp freighter. Carrying lumber to Cuba in 1942, she sank under mysterious circumstances while leaving Port St. Joe. Today divers can see a large steam engine, bilge keels, and a wide variety of marine life.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
March 21, 1942 25 ft. 170 ft. 30 ft. 29° 53.941’ N
085° 27.806’ W
Date of Sinking March 21, 1942
Depth 25 ft.
Length 170 ft.
Beam 30 ft.
Location 29° 53.941’ N
085° 27.806’ W

Port St. Joe, FL

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