excerpt courtesy of “Shipwrecks of Florida’s West Coast” by Leon Watts:
“On November 17, 1986 the oceangoing tug set out on its last trip. This time she was not hauling a barge to the Caribbean, in fact this time she was the cargo. The D.T. Sheridan was built in 1951 in Brooklyn N.Y. Her career would span 35 years. While based in Tampa the tug made regular trips to New Orleans and the Caribbean. At 129 foot long and 383 tons, the D.T. Sheridan was a large and powerful workhorse. In the end this size was her downfall. The tug could only run six knots when loaded and couldn’t make its run up the Mississippi River unaided. She was too large and more expensive to operate that her newer counterparts. After spending 3 years in a shipyard the D.T. Sheridan was donated to Pinellas County for the artificial reef program. Cleaned and stripped of her engine, she was towed offshore and her induction valves were open. The ship came to rest 100 yards from the wreckage of the Blackthorn in 85 feet of water.
From our Sheridan trip on August 7, 2014
Posted by Dive Clearwater on Monday, August 11, 2014
Today the D.T. Sheridan is relatively intact and is a popular dive site. The deck sits at about 75 feet and the ship is facing almost due west with a pronounced list to starboard. There is an eerie view from the pilothouse out into the murky Gulf. “