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Photo courtesy of the
Florida Division of Historical Resources.

    Built in England and launched in 1898, the steamship Copenhagen was registered in Glasgow, Scotland. The steel freighter was 325 feet in length, rigged as a schooner, and powered by three triple expansion steam engines. Her last voyage began in May, 1900, en route to Havana from Philadelphia with a full load of coal. Heading south close to the Florida coast to avoid the strong northerly Gulf Stream current, Copenhagen suddenly crashed at full speed in broad daylight into a reef offshore of present-day Pompano Beach. After five days of removing cargo and using pumps and anchors to try to pull her off, the crew left the ship. Salvage efforts continued for a month before she was abandoned. Her captain was found to be at fault for improper navigation. Today, Copenhagen’s remains lie in 15 - 35 feet of water, supporting an amazing variety of marine life, just outside the second reef on the Pompano Drop Off at 26° 12.349’N and 80° 05.108’W. The site is adjacent to mooring buoys #3 and #4 and is easily accessed by boat. Nominated by a local charter boat captain, Copenhagen became Florida’s fifth Underwater Archaeological Preserve in 1994.

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