I have been remiss at reporting this submerged vessel because I had thought it was already posted on SSCN but cannot find it in the archives.
There is a large powerboat that sunk in the Gulfport mooring area and it is marked by a small white buoy that may be mistaken for a crab pot marker except for the yellow band around the top. We cruised over this sunken vessel and found it to be lying entirely to the west of the marker buoy and not under the buoy as we had suspected. We were surprised to find less than 3 feet of water measured by our boat hook above the highest point of the sunken vessel.
Because this sunken vessel lies quite a way south of the Gulfport fishing pier it is not a hazard to cruisers using the Gulfport Casino Dock for visiting Gulfport unless their approach is close by the Trawler with the light green hull that is moored to the west of the sunken vessel. If that light green hulled Trawler is NOT on her mooring, as usual, the sunken wreck is a poorly marked shallow water hazard that does not show up on Google Earth.
The USCG has located the 30′ Power Yacht that sunk in the Gulfport, Florida mooring area on June 4th and it is now on the Notice to Mariners with a GPS approximate location to help pinpoint the hazard for cruisers. I’m grateful that it hasn’t caused someone a serious problem up ’til now. I can’t help but feel that I’ve “stuck my nose” into some other Captain’s affairs although it seems irresponsible that the USCG wasn’t contacted earlier this year.
From: “Pauly, Darren A BOSN3”
Sent: Dec 10, 2014 12:32 PM
Subject: FW: FWD:SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
I was not aware of this sunken boat until you contacted Ms. Dragon at our district office. We are currently doing a voice broadcast for this Hazard and it will go into the weekly Local Notice to Mariners and will stay there until the boat is removed. Thank you for reporting this.
BOSN3 Darren Pauly
Aids to Navigation Officer
USCG Sector St. Petersburg
155 Columbia Drive
Tampa, Fl. 33606
(813) 228-2191 ext 8184 Tampa office
(727) 502-1522 St. Pete office
(727) 804-3972 CELL
From: Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil [mailto:Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:17 PM
To: Pauly, Darren A BOSN3
Subject: FWD:SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
DTG: 101342Z DEC 14
Originator: COMCOGARD SECTOR ST PETERSBURG FL//SCC//
Subject: SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
SUBJ: SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14 BROADCAST UPON RECEIPT AND EVERY 4 HRS FOR 24 HRS THEN EVERY SCHEDULED BCST UNTIL 202359Z DEC 14 FLORIDA – WEST COAST – HAZ TO NAV 1. CG RECEIVED A REPORT OF AN APPROX 30FT VSL SUNKEN IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA OF BOCA CIEGA BAY. VSL IS APPROX 3FT UNDER WATER AND IS MARKED BY AN UNLIT WHT BUOY IN POSN 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. ALL MARINERS EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.
“Life’s a reach and then you jibe”
Treasurer, Past Commodore, RIYC 2014
Racing Chairman, Board Member, BCYC 2014-2016
FLORIDA – GIWW – GULPORT – BOCA CIEGA BAY: Hazard to Navigation
The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 30ft in the Anchorage Area of Boca Ciega Bay. The vessel is approximately 3ft underwater and marked by an unlit white buoy in approximate position 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 50/14
Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field
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