The Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef off Grand Cayman Island

Kittiwake shipwreck pic

Kittiwake shipwreck

An experienced entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons serves as the founder and CEO of Transitioning Forward, which helps clients inventory and sell surplus assets. Allen Fitzsimmons balances his work with outdoor activities and travel, including trips to the Cayman Islands.

While there are a wide range of exciting attractions in the Cayman Islands, snorkeling and diving are some of the most popular activities in the area. The Cayman Islands are home to a number of celebrated reefs and dive sites, such as the Kittiwake shipwreck and artificial reef off Grand Cayman Island.

Purposefully sunk in a protected marine park in 2011, the USS Kittiwake was a US Navy submarine rescue ship launched in 1945 and decommissioned in the 1970s. The five-deck ship now serves an artificial reef for marine life and attracts snorkelers and divers interested in exploring the immaculate wreck site. With a guided tour or entrance fee, visitors can swim around the growth-covered ship and discover areas like the old munitions room and captain’s quarters. Divers have also encountered diverse marine life, from eagle rays to garden eels, at the shipwreck.


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