A few weeks ago, we shared with you the story of the Ana Cecilia, a 170-foot cargo ship that once ferried cocaine from Haiti to Miami. After sinking yesterday, July 12, the Ana Cecilia rests at the bottom of the ocean about a mile off the coast of Singer Island in Palm Beach County.
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the crew unplugged eight portholes, allowing seawater to fill the vessel. It only took 15 minutes for the Ana Cecilia to sink to the bottom 85 feet below. When it disappeared into the blue water, cheers erupted from dozens of boaters who circled to watch it sink.
Artificial reefs were first created in Palm Beach County in the 1960s. To date, 51 ships have been sunk along with 127,000 tons of limestone boulders and 72,000 tons of concrete.
The wreck is unique not only due to the interesting history of the vessel but also because the plaques attached to the ship’s wheelhouse honor several boaters lost at sea. The plaques honor Tequesta teens Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, the two 14-year-old boys who were lost at sea in July 2015.
Another plaque honored Palm Beach County Sheriff’s corrections officer Fernandes Jones, his stepfather Willis Bell and his 9-year-old son Jaden Jones. The three died tragically in April when their boat took on water near Stuart.
For more information on the Ana Cecilia, please click here to read our last story on her.