Bayronto

Description

The Bayronto was a 400-foot long freighter carrying a cargo of grain to Europe when she met with a brutal hurricane in 1919. She eventually capsized and sunk 40 miles off Sarasota in approximately 100 feet of water, lying inverted and crippled with the keel reaching upwards to 75 feet.

The wreck is broken just aft of her midpoint, though remains contiguous. There are several fractures along the keel of the ship, some which allow entry into the hull. Just forward of the extreme stern, the hull is collapsed with access into the interior. Steam pipes abound along the starboard side. Thirty-five forward of this section, penetration from the stern is blocked from collapsed structure. However, a diver can re-enter the hull from another fracture in the hull on the other side of this restriction and can progress forward to the boilers and the midship break. Divers should take note around the boilers and engine area for gauges and other associated artifacts. The large opening at the break forward of the boilers allows for easy penetration into the forward ~225 foot long section. This section is similar to a large cavernous tunnel, with abundant spiny oysters thriving along every inch of available hull. A diver can continue up towards the bow, free of wires or other hazards usually encountered in shipwrecks. There is a sizeable blowout in the starboard bow that a diver can exit from. Forward of this, the forepeak area can be penetrated amongst the ladders that descend up onto the main deck that reach a depth of 107 feet (remember, everything is reversed as the wreck is turtled).

Position

Lat: 26 45.800 N

Long: 82 50.840 W

Depth of wreck

100 feet

Size of wreck

Length: 400 feet

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