Site 3 is best known for its shipwrecks, with five vessels of various sizes on which to dive and fish. Site 3 is approximately 10.5 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 048°. The site is approximately 10 nm offshore at a depth of 75-85 ft.
1980 - Site 3 Ship USS Mindanao (V03-80N1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.930', -080°44.860'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.198833°, -080.747667°
The USS Mindanao (ARG-3) is the oldest artificial reef in the Volusia County artificial reef system. The ship rests in 85 feet of water, 11 miles northeast of Ponce Inlet. She is a 446 ft. World War II Liberty ship. Her main deck is at 60 ft. and the ship lies in a general north-south direction. The superstructure was removed before sinking. The shipwreck suffered damage during the 1995 winter storms and the bow is now to the north, separated from the rest of the hull. Schools of bait fish, tomtate grunts, mangrove snapper, and a few small boat anchors are often seen in her open holds. Small clumps of ivory bush coral and encrusting sponges and tunicates are growing on the steel hull.
1992 - Site 3 Concrete Culverts (V03-92C3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.620', -080°44.770'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.193667°, -080.746167°
In 1992, a small pile of culverts was placed just south of the hull of the Mindanao.
1995 - Site 3 Ship Rio Yuna (V03-95N1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.700', -080°44.800'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.195000°, -080.746666°
The former Caribbean trader Rio Yuna has been broken up by storms and by the nets of trawlers. Schools of mangrove snapper, angelfish, amberjack, barracuda, goliath grouper, and spadefish are usually on the ships and the barge. Cobia, tarpon, and manta rays also visit the ships.
1995 - Site 3 Tug Alexandra McAllister (V03-95W1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.630', -080°44.810'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.193833°, -080.746833°
1995 - Site 3 Tug Thomas H (V03-95NW1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.740', -080°44.920'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.195667°, -080.748667°
The two sturdy tugs are upright and intact.
1995 - Site 3 Barge Atlas (V03-95SW1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.390', -080°45.040'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.189833°, -080.750667°
The wooden main deck of the barge is gone.
2012 - Site 3 SE Deposit (V03-12SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.432', -080°44.304'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.190533°, -080.738400°
On July 30, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material from Rose Bay was placed in the southeast part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approx. 85 ft.
2012 - Site 3 NW Deposit (V03-12NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.975', -080°45.077'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.199583°, -080.751283°
On August 1, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material from Rose Bay was placed in the northwest part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approx. 85 ft.
2013 - Site 3 Eastern Deposit (V03-13E3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.670', -080°44.462'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.194500°, -080.741033°
On June 18, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the eastern part of the site. The deposit was made from one side of the barge. The height of pile is approx 11 ft. The depth is approx 75 ft.
2013 - Site 3 NE Deposit (V03-13NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.974', -080°44.506'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.199567°, -080.741767°
On June 20, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the northeast part of the site. The height of the pile is approx. 12 ft. The depth is approx. 75 ft.
2014 - Site 3 W Deposit (V03-14W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.653', -080°45.070'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.194217°, -080.751167°
On September 19, 2014, a barge load of 350 tons of clean concrete culverts and utility poles were placed in the western part of the site. The height of pile is approx. 10 ft. The depth is approx. 80 ft.
2014 - Site 3 SSE Deposit (V03-14SSE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.398', -080°44.552'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.189967°, -080.742533°
On October 1, 2014, a barge load of clean concrete culverts, structures,utility poles, and wheel stopes were placed in the SSE part of the site. The height of pile is approx. 10 ft. The depth is approx. 80 ft.