The View from Down Under

Half Moon lies imbedded in white sand on a shallow shoal off Key Biscayne, listing slightly to port, bow pointing southward. No traces of her masts are left and the starboard side has been broken outward, probably the result of a larger vessel colliding with the wreck. The yacht's internal framing is readily apparent, as are the forward anchor chain fittings and the bowsprit collar. The shipwreck is home to many species of tropical marine life, including fish, invertebrates, sponges, and corals.

The wreckage of Half Moon provides an ideal haven for a myriad of marine life. Just outside Bear Cut, soft corals and sponges thrive on the hull while damsel fish and juvenille reef fishes hide in cavities beneath the deck. A curious pair of angelfish inspect all visitors to their home.

Please visit this preserve with care and respect.

For more information on this state underwater archeological preserve visit the Half Moon exhibit at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, or call us at 305-361-6767.

 

1. STERN
2. AFT TRAVELERS
3. FASTENINGS FOR BACKSTAY     TACKLES
4. MAIN SHEET WINCHES
5. HELM STATION
6. BINNACLE
7. LAZARETTE HATCH
8. SALON SKYLIGHT
9. STARBOARD SIDE (BROKEN)

10. STARBOARD RAILING
11. PORTHOLE
12. ANCHOR CHAIN LOCKERS
13. ANCHOR CHAIN GUIDES
14. ANCHOR CHAIN HAWSE     HOLES
15. BOWSPRIT COLLAR
16. BOW
Half Moon
(formerly Germania)
Miami, Florida

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DIVISION OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES
BUREAU OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
MAY 2000